Fortissimo picks up 'Gloss' rights


NEW YORK -- Fortissimo Films has picked up the rights to Andrei Konchalovsky's Russian satire "Gloss," which will be screened next month at the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

The feature centers on a poor girl from a coal-mining town who travels to Moscow with dreams of being a supermodel. After being forced to work as a seamstress, she stumbles her way to the top in a story that spoofs Russia's newfound capitalism.

Writer-director Konchalovsky broke through with U.S. films in the 1980s with the Oscar-nominated "Runaway Train" after his acclaimed 1980 Russian feature "Siberiade."

Fortissimo's Michael J. Werner made the deal for all worldwide sales rights outside France and Russia with the director. The film was screened this month at the European Film Market in Berlin.