Pretty Pictures taking 'Sun' to France


HONG KONG -- French rights to Jiang Wen's "The Sun Also Rises" have been acquired by Pretty Pictures from Hong Kong's Emperor Motion Pictures.

The deal was brokered between Alan Ng of Emperor Motion Pictures and James Velaise of Pretty Pictures. The film is set for release in France in April with 50 prints.

"Sun" screened at this year's Venice Film Festival, but lost the Golden Lion to Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution." It also screened at this year's Toronto International Film Festival and Pusan International Film Festival.

The film stars Joan Chen, Anthony Wong, Jaycee Chan and Jiang Wen, best known for his role opposite Gong Li in "Red Sorghum," for which he was nominated in China for best actor at the Golden Rooster Awards in 1988.