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Berlin roundup: Metrodome takes on Piggy; Autlook closes spate of deals on Beats

More news from the European Film Market.

Metrodome corrals Piggy
Metrodome has picked up UK & Eire rights for thriller Piggy starring Paul Anderson and Martin Compston. The deal was negotiated by head of acquisitions Joel Kennedy and UK producers Fulwell 73’s Leo Pearlman. The film is being repped at the EFM by Genesis Film Sales.

Autlook spins Beats
Vienna-based Autlook is doing a roaring trade on Michael Rapaport’s music doc Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest [pictured]. The film, which just won the PGA award for best theatrical doc, was nominated for a Grammy. The film has already been released theatrically in the USA (by SPC.) Midway through the EFM, Autlook has also confirmed deals Benelux (Cinema Delicatessen), Japan (Transformer Inc.), Australia (Madman), Germany (Mindjazz Pictures) and Switzerland (Praesens Film).
Autlook boss Peter Jager also reports strong interest in the title from the UK and France.

Future Shorts expands
The Future Shorts Festival, which has now tripled in size to screen in 55 countries and 150 cities, has unveiled some selections for its Spring Programme. Those include Nash Edgerton’s Bear, Sam Taylor-Wood’s Love You More, and new work from Spike Jonze.

Magnet Man kicks off with Demon
New Polish outfit Magnet Man Film is planning a June shoot for its first feature, Marcin Wrona’s film Demon. The €1.5 million drama is a Polish-Israel coproduction. The Israeli partner is Marek Rosenbaum’s Transfax Film Productions. Itay Tiran, star of Beaufort and Lebanon, will headline the cast. Demon is a surrealistic Holocaust-themed drama about a Polish gangster whose body is possessed by the spirit of a young Jewish girl.

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