Pang's 'Dream Home' sells to UK

First film from 852 Productions gets November bow

BEIJING -- International sales company Fortissimo Films has sold the Hong Kong slasher movie “Dream Home” by director Pang Ho-cheung to Network Releasing in the U.K. for a Nov. 12 release.
 
In the inaugural film from 852 Productions, singer-actress Josie Ho -- daughter of casino tycoon Stanley Ho -- is driven to kill when soaring real estate prices foil her on-screen character’s dream of an apartment with a view of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor.
 
Before its wider U.K. release, “Dream Home” will take a bloody British bow on Aug. 28 at Fright Fest, the U.K.'s premiere fantasy and horror film festival, now it its eleventh year at the giant Empire Cinema in London’s West End.
 
Fortissimo Films’ director Michael Werner said “Dream Home” was winning awards all over the place -- FanTasia in Canada, Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival -- and that he is now in negotiations for a U.S. sale.
 
“Dream Home” first drew U.S. attention as an official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, following its April world premiere at the Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy.
 
Werner said Fortissimo earlier had sold “Dream Home” to German home video distributor I-on, which is exploring a theatrical release, and to Cathay in Singapore, which will release the film this fall, in spite of its mixed reviews.
 
“Dream Home” is a departure for 36-year-old Pang, whose last work, “Love in a Puff,” saw Hong Kong’s strict anti-smoking laws bring two unlikely lovers together in a romantic comedy.
 
852 Productions is Ho’s company founded with husband Conroy Chan and business partner Andrew Ooi.
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