Trade Breaks: Witnesses, August, Man

“Strand Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to Andre Techine’s “The Witnesses” from UGC International. The film, set in Paris in 1984, revolves around a group of friends and lovers who confront the first outbreak of the AIDS epidemic. The film will have its North American premiere June 14 as the opening-night film at Frameline’s 31st San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival…” (full details)

“ContentFilm Intl. has signed up to handle international rights to Austin Chick’s “August,” which starts shooting today in New York. Pic stars Josh Hartnett, Naomie Harris, Adam Scott and Rip Torn in the story of a young dotcom entrepreneur struggling to keep his head above water during the 2001 stock market collapse prior to the World Trade Center attacks of 9/11…” (full details)

“Armand Assante, Eric Braeden, George Kennedy, Sean Young and Billy Zane have signed for indie Western “The Man Who Came Back,” set to shoot later this month in Texas. Indie helmer Glen Pitre is directing from his own script. Story revolves around a tale of revenge in 1870 against the backdrop of a violent labor strike. Carol Alt, Peter Jason, Jennifer O’Dell and James Patrick Stewart also star in the pic…” (full details)