Peace Arch conducts 'Interview' in Canada

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TORONTO -- Peach Arch Entertainment has acquired Canadian theatrical rights to Steve Buscemi's "Interview," the Toronto-based distributor said Tuesday.

Peach Arch said it will release the psychological drama July 20, a week after the Sony Classics release opens in the U.S.

Buscemi's "Interview," which is based on an earlier film by murdered Dutch director Theo Van Gogh, bowed at Sundance and screened recently at the Seattle and Los Angeles film festivals.

The July 20 release marks Peace Arch's first theatrical venture in Canada. It will be followed Aug. 15 by the company's first U.S. theatrical release -- Tom DiCillo's romantic comedy "Delirious," which stars Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Alison Lohman and Gina Gershon.

Peace Arch's move into distribution follows a major reorganization of the Canadian distribution sector, including the sale of ThinkFilm to Los Angeles-based film financier and distributor David Bergstein, and the sale of Motion Picture Distribution to U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs & Co.

In addition, veteran Canadian producer Robert Lantos will soon unveil plans to establish his own movie distribution company after selling off his near-50% stake in ThinkFilm.
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