CANNES – China’s Huayi Brothers and film sales and financing company IM Global have closed an international sales output partnership in which IM Global’s ANTHEM division will handle international sales, excluding Greater China, to all of Huayi’s Chinese language productions.
“Since we opened our Beijing office last year, gaining a high-profile foothold in the international sales of major Chinese films has been a priority for us, and we couldn’t wish for a more dynamic or prestigious partner than Huayi Brothers,” said CEO IM Global Stuart Ford.
The Huayi Brothers titles that will be on ANTHEM’s Cannes slate include the romantic comedy Women Who Flirt, starring Huang Xiaoming and Zhou Xun; the film based on the life of Jackie Chan’s parents, A Tale of Three Cities; a dramatic story of a child’s kidnapping and its aftermath, Abducted, starring Andy Lau; and Love on the Cloud, starring Angelababy and Chen He.
IM Global’s Beijing office is overseen by former Huayi Bros executive Leslie Chen and acts as a hub for its various Southeast Asian business activities, including its Apsara pan-Asian distribution business and the company’s extensive rights licensing business across the region.
The company is also launching sales in Cannes on big-budget Jackie Chan English-language thriller Civilian, to be directed by Peter Segal, and on director Lu Yang’s Chinese-language film Brotherhood of Blades.