Pictures has taken worldwide distribution rights to two new projects, the drama Look by Adam Rifkin and the Asian-American independent comedy American
Fusion starring Esao Morales.
Look, written and directed by writer/director/producer/actor Adam Rifkin
(Underdog, Small Soldiers) follows five interweaving storylines through the lens of surveillance cameras in a random city. Producers are by Brad Wyman and
American Fusion debuted at the San Francisco American Asian Film Festival.
The film marks the directorial debut of Frank Lin. It is scripted by Randall Park (Dragon of Love). The film tells the story of Yvonne, a middle-aged Chinese
immigrant divorcee, who falls in love with a handsome Hispanic dentist,
Jose. Hong Kong actress Sylvia Chang plays Yvonne. Esai Morales stars as her love interest. -- Geoffrey Macnab
German teen romantic comedy Cheeky Girls (Freche Mädchen) is putting a
blush on buyers' cheeks. The Constantin Film production is being sold at the market by Munich-based Atlas International Film Gmbh. Midway through the
market, Atlas confirmed that it had closed a number of deals including
France (Swift) and CIS (Film Depot.)
Directed by Ute Wieland, Cheeky Girls is the story of best friends, Mila,
Hanna, and Kati, their crushes and their romantic misadventures. Complications abound when Mila though falls head over heels for a young trainee teacher,
who happens to be the new boyfriend of her mother. The film, an adaptation
of a bestselling teen book series, has already been warmly embraced by German audiences with reportedly over a million admissions at the German box-
office. -- Geoffrey Macnab
Cinemavault has further bolstered its AFM slate with a trio of titles led by the Spanish drama Return To Hansala, which premiered in the Toronto International Film Festival's Contemporary World Cinema section.
Chus Gutierrez directed the tale of a woman whose brother dies during an attempt to enter another country illegally and journeys back to the Pakistani town of Hansala to return his body.
Jose Luis Garcia Perez and Moroccan newcomer Farah Hamed star alongside Antonio De La Torre.
Harrison Montgomery from director Daniel Davila stars Martin Landau as the wealthy and eccentric elderly neighbour of a fugitive who plans to steal his money.
Leaving Barstow is a coming-of-age film about a young man torn between moving to a bigger city to pursue his dreams and staying home with his mother and a new-found love. Kevin Sheridan and Michelle Clunie star and Peter Paige directed. -- Jeremy Kay
Green Communications/Outsider Pictures has closed deals on Alexandre Rockwell's upcoming comedy Pete Smalls Is Dead.
Outsider co-founder Paul Hudson has closed deals with Horizon One for Australia and New Zealand, SMILE for Scandinavia, EFP for Benelux and Front Row for the Middle East.
Production is set to begin in January and the film stars Peter Dinklage, Steve Buscemi, Sam Rockwell and Luis Guzman