'New Life' gets new sales after Cannes

Finecut sells Asian, European territories for Lecomte film

SEOUL -- "A Brand New Life," a film by Ounie Lecomte selected for the Festival de Cannes' special screenings section in May, has found four local distributors overseas, Seoul-based sales company Finecut said Wednesday.

Lecomte's new film, the company's headliner at the festival, was sold to Benelux (Cineart), Mexico (Filmhouse), Hong Kong (Edko Films) and Israel (Shani Film) from Cannes' Marche du Film, in addition to French-speaking regions that deal with Diaphana, signed earlier while the film was still in development. Finecut also is in discussion to close deals for other major territories such as in U.S., U.K., Japan and Germany.

Aside from "A Brand New Life," Singapore's Visicom Surya also bought the rights to "Chaw," the company's another title first revealed at this year's European Film Market.

Separately, "A Blood Pledge," a Korean horror film, and the related series "Memento Mori," about Korean high school girls, led to deals with Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia with Encore Films.

Both "Chaw" and "A Blood of Pledge" are in discussions for remake rights deals, according to Finecut's head Youngjoo Suh. Meanwhile, Taiwan's Catchplay acquired eight Finecut titles including "My Dear Enemy" and "Eye for an Eye, Hansel and Gretel" which was also sold to Compania General de la Imagen for Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
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