Filmart: 'Ten Years' Picked Up by Taiwan's Joint Entertainment

Hong Kong International Film Festival
'Ten Years'

The controversial political drama also garnered interest from film festivals around the world.

Controversial Hong Kong film Ten Years has been sold to Taiwan's Joint Entertainment International, the film's sales rep Golden Scene told THR.

The "what-if" political drama will be released in Taiwan in late July or early August. The sale and possible screening there is sure to be controversial, given the film's content. Ten Years, an omnibus film of five stories imagining the political climate in Hong Kong a decade from now, was nominated for a best film award at the Hong Kong Film Award, to be held on April 3. The awards ceremony was denied a live telecast in the China because of the film's nomination, and the film has been widely criticized by Chinese news organizations. 

Made for $75,000, the film became a phenomenon in Hong Kong, garnering widespread press coverage and strong word-of-mouth to gross $770,000. Despite an extremely limited number of screens, Ten Years even managed to beat Star Wars: The Force Awakens on per screen average.

After a rare fully packed market screening in Hong Kong's Filmart last Wednesday, the independent film has attracted the interest of several film festivals across the globe. "Many film festivals around the world want to screen the film in their lineup," said Winnie Tsang, managing director of Golden Scene. "After the festivals, the distributors in various regions might want to show the film theatrically."