Cannes: French Distributor Dissidenz Films Launches Asian Label

Dissidenz Asia plans to release up to 15 videos a year.

French distribution company Dissidenz Films, founded by former Blaq Out head Bich-Quan Tran, has launched an Asian unit called Dissidenz Asia to boost the exposure of Asian films in France.

The Asian label has been created "in order to offset the general feeling that Asian cinema has been underrepresented or had little exposure in France beyond A-Festivals, established authors titles or genre movies."

Dissidenz’s goal is to build an identified Asian cinema label with 10 to 15 video releases per year, including two or three theatrical releases, Dissidenz said in a statement.

Recent releases by Dissidenz include 11:25 the Day He Chose His Own Fate by Koji Wakamatsu, Pluto by Shin Su-won and Bleak Night by Yoon Sung-hyun. The outfit also has acquired Lee Sujin’s Han Gong-ju, which has been one of the most successful indie titles ever in South Korea, totaling more than 220,000 admissions.

For Vietnam Year in France, Dissidenz will organize special screenings of Ba Nôi by Vietnam-born director Khoa Le, who now lives in Canada.

Dissidenz also has developed a label dedicated to documentary features “no matter the nationality,” and titles include Stephane Goel’s Labour Court, Fernand Melgar’s Special Flight and David Sieveking’s Forget Me Not.