Cannes productive for Korea's Finecut

Deals made for 'Bedevilled,' 'Poetry' and others

SEOUL – Works of arthouse Korean directors by a Seoul-based sales company Finecut were picked up during Cannes.

“Poetry,” the Cannes Best Screenplay Award winner by  director Lee Chang-dong, was picked up by companies in various regions including Taiwan’s Khan Entertainment, Golem for Spain and Kino Lorber for U.S. The film was previously sold to Diaphana for France, and is currently under negotiation with U.K., Japan, and other territories. 

“Bedevilled,” a feature debut at Critic’s Week by Jang Cheol-soo, was also sold to Bir Film for Turkey, Optimum Releasing for U.K., Maywain Films for ex-USSR, and Catchplay for Taiwan.

On the more commercial side, “71-Into the Fire” added Maywin Films for ex-USSR and Festive Films for Singapore to its list of distributors following its previous deals with Showbox (U.K.) and Ascot Elite (Germany and Switzerland). The film will be released later this month in Korea with about 500 screens by Lotte Entertainment.

Finecut also closed a package deal of four Korean films with Bir Film including “Crossing” and “Daytime Drinking.” Japan’s SPO signed a deal for “Twilight Gangster,” “Daytime Drinking” and “My Dear Enemy,” while Taiwan’s Catchplay bought “Iris: The Movie” and Hong Sangsoo’s “Hahaha.”
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