Fortissimo will sell ‘Serbis’ at Cannes

First Filipino film to compete at Cannes in 24 years,

HONG KONG -- “Serbis,” the first Filipino film to compete at Cannes in 24 years, will be offered for sale there by Fortissimo Films, the sales agent’s Hong Kong office said Monday.

Fortissimo co-chairman Michael J. Werner picked up sales rights to director Brillante Mendoza’s film in all territories outside the Philippines and France in a deal with the film’s executive producer Didier Costet of France’s SWIFT Prods.

“Serbis” -- the story of a family forced to run a prostitution business inside an old movie theater -- is the first Cannes entry from the Philippines since Lino Brocka’s “Bayan Ko: My Own Country” played there 24 years ago.

It’s the first Filipino film Fortissimo acquired since Mel Chionglo’s “Burlesk King” in 1999.
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