Tribeca Film Festival is underway, which means a lot of wheeling and dealing for film distribution deals. So far, three films have landed U.S. or North American distribution, none with major studios, but it's still early. The studios seemed to go crazy with deals at Sundance this year; will the same thing happen next week at Tribeca? You know we love to report about festival deals, so keep checking Cinematical for the latest news and reviews from Tribeca.
  • Film Movement acquired the North American theatrical and DVD rights to Das Fraulein (pictured at right), a drama from Switzerland. The film, directed by Andrea Staka, is about three women from different areas of what was once Yugoslavia, all meeting in Switzerland and coming to terms with their past.
  • Koch Lorber Films bought the U.S. distribution rights to 9 Star Hotel (Malon 9 Kochavim), a documentary about Palestinians who covertly sneak into Israel to work. The film will have its U.S. premiere tonight at Tribeca. Koch Lorber intends to release the film in May in New York, with a limited release around the country to follow.
  • Here! Films, the theatrical arm of the gay-themed cable channel here!, scored the North American distribution rights to Vivere, a German film that had a world premiere at Tribeca on Thursday. Writer-director Angelina Maccarone's drama about a young woman searching for her runaway little sister will be distributed theatrically through Here's distribution partner Regent Releasing.