Berlinale Golden Bear Winner 'Black Coal, Thin Ice' Gets European, Latin American Distribution

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"Black Coal, Thin Ice"

Hong Kong and Holland-based Fortissimo films also locked up TV rights for Ira Sachs's "Love is Strange" in Mexico.

HONG KONG – In the lead-up to Cannes, Fortissimo Films has announced that it has signed deals with European and Latin American distributors for this year's Berlinale Golden Bear winner Black Coal, Thin Ice, and Love is Strange

Black Coal, Thin Ice was licensed to Germany's indie distributor Weltkino for Germany, Austria, and German speaking Switzerland. Movie Inspired has picked up the film for Italy, Seven Films for Greece, Yeni Bir for Turkey, and Emphasis for global airline rights. The film will be released on May 15 in Hong Kong through Edko Films and in June in France through Memento Films.

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Ira Sachs's Love is Strange has been acquired by Mexico's Cinema Nueva Era and HBO Latin America for first run pay TV throughout the region. Love is Strange will be released by Sony Pictures Classics in North America this fall. HBO Latin America also acquired the upcoming Fortissimo titles, Ghadi, and the Netherland's current box office hit, Accused by Lucia De B., and Tsai Ming Liang's previous Cannes competition title, Face.

The Hong Kong genre hit Rigor Mortis by first-time director Juno Mak, scheduled for theatrical release in North America in early June through Well Go USA, has been acquired by Metrodome for the U.K., to be release theatrically in the fall. The film was recently awarded the Silver Raven Prize at the Brussels International Film Festival, and was picked as the Best Asian Film by the 2014 Singapore Entertainment Awards.

Canadian director Richie Mehta's Siddharth, which will be released in the U.S. this year by Zeitgeist Films, won the Best Picture Award at last month's Beijing International Film Festival, the Best Film Award at Belgium's MOOOV Festival, and the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Indian Film Festival in April.