Fortissimo Adds to Berlin Slate With Fruit Chan's 'The Midnight After'
The Hong Kong and Amsterdam-based group acquires worldwide rights outside of Hong Kong and China.
Hong Kong and Amsterdam-based sales outfit Fortissimo has picked up the worldwide rights to Fruit Chan's thriller, The Midnight After outside of China and Hong Kong, the latest in a raft of movies it is acquiring ahead of the Berlin Film Festival next month.
Produced by Amy Chin and executive produced by Winnie Tsang and her company Golden Scene, The Midnight After will have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday (Feb 7) in the Panorama section.
The movie includes a host of veteran Hong Kong stars including Simon Yam, Kara Hui, and Lam Suet, along with a number of new generation actors including Wong You-nam, Janice Man and Chui Tien-you.
The deal was concluded by Fortissimo chairman Michael J. Werner together with Tsang.
Werner described the movie was "a powerful, evocative and provocative look at Hong Kong and society in general in a post-apocalyptic setting".
The director, producers and numerous stars will be in attendance to present the film. Golden Scene will release in Hong Kong in the summer with other releases in Asia to follow.
The film is an intense, intelligent Hong Kong thriller that tells the story of 17 passengers on a late night minibus, who upon exiting from the Lion Rock tunnel discover that the city is deserted and slowly come to understand that they are the only people left alive in Hong Kong.
Winnie Tsang said: "We are thrilled that The Midnight After is going to enjoy its world premiere in Berlin and are happy to be working with our friends at Fortissimo Films to bring this very unique and powerful story to the international marketplace."