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UK producer/distributor AX1 Films announced today the acquisition of all UK rights to the highly acclaimed independent US feature HALF NELSON from THINKFilm, which is selling the film internationally as well as releasing in North America.

Written and directed by Ryan Fleck, and starring Ryan Gosling and Shareeka Epps, the film receives its UK premiere at the London Film Festival today (27 October) after earlier screening at the Sundance Film Festival, and fresh from recent success at the Locarno and Deauville Film Festivals, where it won the Special Jury Prize at each event.

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To celebrate the release of MOUNTAIN PATROL on 29th September, AX1 Films has teamed up with eTours-Online to offer the chance to win a fantastic trip for two to Beijing.

To enter this competition (which includes return flights and seven night's accommodation in Beijing) please click here.

AX1 Films is delighted to announce that Argentinean director, Pablo Trapero's fourth feature, BORN & BRED ('Nacido y Criado'), has been selected to screen in 'Official Selection' at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. This will represent the film's world premiere, with the European premiere taking place at the inaugural Rome Film Festival in October, where it has been selected as one of only 14 titles to screen 'In Competition'.

Produced jointly by Trapero's Matanza Cine and AX1 Films, and co-produced with Italy's Sintra Films, France's Paradis Films and Walter Salles' Video Films in Brazil, BORN & BRED continues AX1's close association with one of Latin America's most promising directors.

International sales are handled by French company, Films Distribution.

To celebrate the release of TONY TAKITANI on DVD on 24th July, AX1 Films has teamed up with Japan Airlines and eTours-Japan to offer the chance to win a fantastic trip for two to Tokyo.

To enter this competition (which includes flights with JAL and four night's accommodation in Tokyo) please click here. N.B. competition now closed

All UK and Irish rights to Kim Rossi Stuart’s impressive debut feature, ANCHE LIBERO VA BENE (ALONG THE RIDGE), which won the 'Directors’ Fortnight' award at the Cannes Film Festival, have been acquired by UK producer/distributor, AX1 Films.

Featuring incredible performances by Alessandro Morace, Marta Nobili and Kim Rossi Stuart himself, the film tells the story of how two young children and their father form a strangely united and courageous family after being abandoned by the most important woman in their lives - their mother and wife (played by Barbora Bobulova).

The film will receive its UK premiere at the forthcoming London Film Festival in October and will be commercially released shortly after.