'Chaw' sells to Australia's Madman

'A Brand New Life,' 'Iris' find buyers in Toronto's wake

SEOUL -- “Chaw,” director Shin Jung-won’s latest adventure black comedy, has found an Australian distributor, Madman Entertainment, at the Toronto International Film Festival, Seoul-based sales company Finecut announced Tuesday.
Finecut, which also signed with Optimum Releasing as the Korean film’s distributor for U.K., has so far sold the film to 16 countries including Germany, Singapore and India.
Separately, “A Brand New Life,” an ambitious debut film by French director Ounie Lecomte was also sold to Thailand’s Sahamongkolfilm, France’s Diaphana, Hong Kong’s Edko Films and Cineart of the Benelux countries. Locally, Lecomte’s film will be released on 80 screens later this month.
Also, the theater version of the blockbuster TV series “Iris: The Movie” starring an attractive cast of Korean actors including Lee Byung-hun ("G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra") was sold to MFA+ Film Distribution for German Speaking Europe. “My Dear Enemy” by helmer Lee Yoon-ki has been taken by Cineasie for Canada, and Na Hong-jin’s debut feature “The Chaser” sold to Calinos Entertainment for Turkey.
U.S. distributor Media Blaster acquired two horror flicks -- Yim Phil-sung’s “Hansel and Gretel” and Lee Jong-yong’s “A Blood Pledge” in Toronto.  
For the upcoming market at the Pusan International Film Festival, Finecut also picked up an edgy thriller-black comedy “Desire to Kill” (working title) by directors Owen Cho and Kim Sang-hwa. The film depicts the story of a man hospitalized in the same room with his wife’s murderer.
The sales company also added an Argentinean title “Anita,” the new picture by Markos Carnevale, about an innocent Down syndrome girl changing the people she meets. The film will premiere in Pusan.