Acquisitions: Steel, Still, Battle, Fish

“Truly Indie will handle the domestic release of Brian Jun’s family drama “Steel City.” The story centers on a troubled son (Thomas Guiry) abandoned by his alcoholic father (John Heard) who struggles to make his way in a small Illinois town and bring his family together. He finds some comfort in the arms of a co-worker (America Ferrera). “Steel” will debut May 25 in New York and have a rollout in San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Minneapolis and Chicago in June…” (full details)

“New Yorker Films has nabbed all rights to writer-director Jia Zhang-ke’s Golden Lion winning Chinese drama “Still Life.” The film takes a poetic, documentary-style approach to the story of a man and woman searching for their missing spouses in a Chinese town torn apart by massive industrial work. “Life” was shot on HD in the 2000-year-old city of Fengjie, where the Three Gorges hydro project has displaced countless families. New Yorker Films plans a fall release in New York, with a national platform rollout to follow…” (full details)

“Nick Broomfield’s Iraq War drama “Battle for Haditha” has been picked up for international sales by Dreamachine. Pic, currently shooting in Jordan, is based on real events which took place in Iraq in 2005, when U.S. marines carried out a brutal retaliation against a village after their convoy was bombed by insurgents…” (full details)

“Netflix subsid Red Envelope Entertainment has reeled in North American rights for “I’m Reed Fish” and tapped Screen Media to handle its theatrical release. Based on scribe Reed Fish’s experiences growing up in a small town, “I’m Reed Fish” stars Alexis Bledel (“Gilmore Girls”), Jay Baruchel and Schuyler Fisk. It was directed by Zackary Adler. Pic will receive a limited bow June 1, and then expand nationally via Universal Studios Home Entertainment…” (full details)