Fox Searchlight Picturescontinued its eventful Torontoyesterday with the acquisition of North American and a raft of internationalrights to Bart Freundlich's Trust The Man.

At time of writing advancednegotiations were underway on Michael Gondry's Block Party, and domesticdeals were close on Larry Clark's Wassup Rockers, Josh Gilbert's AKATommy Chong, Lee Daniel's Shadowboxer, David Ayers' Harsh Times,Sydney Pollack's Sketches Of Frank Gehry, and Ward Serrill's TheHeart Of The Game.

Meanwhile DDC, a partnershipbetween John Della Penna, Dante Di Loreto, and Michael Cortese, has acquired USrights to Juan Carlos Cremata's Viva Cuba.

Searchlight plans a 2006domestic release for Trust The Man, and alsolicensed rights in France, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Benelux, Columbia, India, and Switzerland.

Julianne Moore, DavidDuchovny, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Billy Crudup, Eva Mendes, Ellen Barkin, GarryShandling and Bob Balaban star in the ensemble romantic comedy about a group ofNew Yorkers. Sidney Kimmel and Process Productions' Tim Perell produced.

The studio's executive vicepresident Joseph De Marco and senior vice president of acquisitions TonySafford negotiated the deal with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment president JimTauber and Rick Hess of CAA.

Viva Cuba, which is is Cuba's official Academy Award foreign languagesubmission, received its North American premiere here following the worldpremiere in Cannes.