'Inside' job for Weinsteins

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The Weinstein Co. was the first out of the gate in Berlin, acquiring the French thriller "Inside" from Celluloid Dreams in the first major domestic acquisition of this year's European Film Market.

The Weinstein Co. picked up rights for all English-speaking territories for "Inside," directed by first-timers Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury.

The feature, which stars Beatrice Dalle, Alysson Paradis and Nathalie Roussel, centers on a pregnant woman who loses her boyfriend in a car crash and is haunted by a mysterious and violent woman.

The Weinsteins grabbed "Inside" on Saturday night in Berlin.

Weinstein Co. acquisitions executives Maeva Gatineau and Michelle Krumm negotiated the deal with Hengameh Panahi and Charlotte Mickie of Celluloid Dreams.

"We are thrilled to be in business again with Celluloid and such a talented team of filmmakers," Krumm said.

Maury and Bustillo said the Weinsteins are ideal for the film because they are "true believers in the genre and we are real fans of the horror films they have produced — we couldn't be in better company."

Celluloid is coming off a red-hot Sundance, where the company inked some of that festival's biggest deals, selling comedy "Son of Rambow" to Paramount Vantage for $7 million and step-dancing picture "How She Move" to Vantage and MTV Films for $3 million.

The Weinstein Co., which picked up several titles, including "Grace Is Gone," "Teeth" and "La Misma Luna" in January at Sundance, had been quiet in Berlin, but the "Inside" deal could mark the start of a rush as acquisition executives hurry to sign before heading home early this week.
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