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Toronto: IFC picks up 'Che'

September 10, 2008 | 10:40 am

After weeks of rumors that a distribution deal was imminent, it was announced this morning that director Steven Soderbergh's controversial "Che" was picked up by IFC Films.

According to a press release, the film will receive a one-week awards qualifying run in New York and Los Angeles in December. The film will reopen simultaneously in theaters and on-demand in January.

Comprised of two parts, "The Argentine" and "The Guerrilla," the movie is screening both as a single 262-minute film (4 hours and 22 minutes) and split up over two nights. The press release does not specify how the film or films will be shown with regards to the qualifying run and subsequent re-release.

Benicio Del Toro won the best actor prize earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal of the revolutionary leader Che Guevara.

-- Mark Olsen