Filmart: Fortissimo Lands More Sales Deals for Berlinale Winner 'Black Coal, Thin Ice'

1:25 AM PST 04/08/2014 by Karen Chu
"The Midnight After"

The sales company also locked up a series of distribution deals for the Hong Kong film fest's opening movie, "The Midnight After."

HONG KONG – Fortissimo Films has sold rights for the Hong Kong International Film Festival's opening movie, The Midnight After, to Magnum Films for Malaysia, to HBO for regional pay TV in South and Central America, and to Popcorn for Southeast Asian and Hong Kong pay TV rights. The sales were closed at the Hong Kong Filmart.

Director Fruit Chan's sci-fi thriller will open in Hong Kong this week through local distributor Golden Scene. Hong Kong DVD/video rights will be handled by Panorama.

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Fortissimo also sold the exclusive Latin American premium pay TV rights for CJ production Final Recipe, starring Michelle Yeoh, to HBO.

The company closed deals on Berlinale award winner and Chinese box office hit Black Coal, Thin Ice, which includes an all rights deal for Hong Kong/Macau with Edko, which will release the film in Hong Kong in early May, as well as a deal for Poland with Aurora Film, for Mexico with Alfhaville Cinema, for Portugal with Alambique Films, and with HBO for a Latin American regional pay TV release in late 2015.

For the company's strong performing genre picture Rigor Mortis, Fortissimo confirmed with the film's North American distributor WellGo USA a theatrical release in the U.S. in June. Final negotiations are underway for a theatrical release in the U.K. in the fall.

Fortissimo chairman Michael J. Werner said, “This was by far our most successful sales outcome ever at Filmart. Our strong lineup and enthusiastic buyers accounted for this.”

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