Doug Witkins' PictureThis! Entertainment, which specialises in the distribution and internationalsales of gay, lesbian and bisexual cinema, has picked up LauraMuscardin's DAYS from Italyand Arpad Sopsits' Abandonedfrom Hungary for US video release and festival bookings.

Abandoned, which was screened at the Montreal, Toronto andBerlin film festivals among others, is the story of a boy who is victimized bythe headmaster at an orphanage. Witkins negotiated the acquisition deal withSuzanne Szigeti of Hungarofilm at Cannes this year and plans to release thefilm on home video on Dec 3.

DAYS explores the ramifications of an impulsive night ofunprotected sex in the life of an HIV-positive man. Witkins finalized the dealwith Vanessa Capurso of BuskinFilm, also at Cannes this year. It will also bereleased on Dec 3 this year with a Canadian video release to follow on July 1,2003.