Cannes digest: Fortissimo gets 'Gigantic'

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Fortissimo strikes 'Gigantic' pact
Fortissimo Films is once again joining forces with Killer Films and beginning a new relationship with Epoch Films to bring to market "Gigantic," from first-time director Matt Aselton. The film, currently in production, stars Paul Dano as a young man who wants to adopt a Chinese baby, Zooey Deschanel as the girl with whom he becomes involved and John Goodman. Fortissimo will begin pre-sales at this year's Cannes on the film, to be completed in 2009. Fortissimo co-chair Michael J. Werner and execs Ashley Luke and Winnie Lau brokered the deal with Killer's Christine Vachon and Epoch's Mindy Goldberg.

Meaney, Lynch enter 'The Race'
Colm Meaney and Susan Lynch have joined the cast of first-time director Andre F. Nebe's "The Race." The film details the story of young girl growing up in Northern Ireland in a poor family, who dreams of becoming a race car driver. The project is being sold here by High Point Films, a division of Carey Fitzgerald's sales, finance and production house High Point Media Group. Nebe was a previous winner at the Festival de Cannes short film sidebar Next Generations with "Tricky Fingers."

Omega chooses Wright path for N.A.
Omega Entertainment has hired veteran sales agent Trevor Wright as its president of North American operations, freeing up company president Peter Rogers "to focus primarily on film production." Wright, a seasoned sales executive with more than 20 years experience in film development and sales, was most recently vp distribution at Myriad Pictures. He will be responsible for Omega's international sales operation and head the company's L.A. office.

Bals Fund backs Fortnight title
The Rotterdam film festival's Hubert Bals Fund for low budget digital projects has put up final postproduction cash for Pablo Larrain's Directors' Fortnight title "Tony Manero." Larrain's feature film debut is the story a 50-something John Travolta impersonator living under the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. In its latest round, the Hubert Bals fund provided some $590,000 in funding for 27 low-budget projects.

'Bourgeouis' paints portrait of artist
Sculptor and painter Louise Bourgeois will be the subject of "Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine," a new documentary from filmmakers Marion Cajori and Amei Wallach. Arthouse Films has acquired worldwide rights, excluding North America, in a deal negotiated by David Koh and Lilly Bright on behalf of Arthouse and Curiously Bright Entertainment along with George Griffin of the Art Kaleidoscope Foundation and the estate of Marion Cajori as well as Wallach. Arthouse will distribute internationally through its output deals with Madman Entertainment in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, and Revolver Entertainment in the U.K.