Korean sales company Finecut has arrived in Cannes with several new titles including Un Certain Regard entries The Day He Arrives, directed by Hong Sangsoo, and Kim Ki-duk’s dramatic documentary Arirang.
Arirang features Kim talking about his life and films while The Day He Arrives, which Hong filmed in black-and-white, follows a filmmaker who travels to Seoul to meet with an old college friend. Hong won the top prize in Un Certain Regard last year for HaHaHa which was recently released in France by Les Acadia.
Finecut has also picked up spy action film Athena: Goddess Of War and feature animation Leafie: A Hen Into The Wild, which has been six years in the making.
Starring Jung Woo-sung (Reign Of Assassins), Athena is produced by Taewon Entertainment which also produced the hit TV and movie project Iris.
Based on a best-selling novel, Leafie is directed by newcomer Oh Sung Yoon and features the voice talents of award-winning actress Moon Sori (Oasis) and actor Choi Minsik (Oldboy). Produced by Korea’s Myung Films and Odolotogi Studio, the film is scheduled for release this summer on more than 1,400 screens in Korea, via Lotte Entertainment, and in China through Dadi.
Finecut’s new titles also include thriller Blind, about a young blind woman who becomes a murder witness, and horror film The Cat. Both films will be released in Korea this summer by Next Entertainment World (NEW).
Finecut has also concluded further deals on last year’s titles, including Bedevilled, which has gone to Madman Entertainment for Australia and New Zealand, and Pablo Trapero’s Carancho, which has gone to Brun Bro Films for Benelux and Les Films D’Aujour D’hui for Canada.
The company has also sold Kim Jee-woon’s I Saw The Devil to Luna Films for Singapore and Montblanc for French-speaking Switzerland. Hello Ghost has gone to Singapore (Scorpio East), Indonesia (Queen Films) and Malaysia’s Hwa Yea Multimedia, which also took thriller Midnight FM and romantic comedy Cyrano Agency.
Midnight FM was also sold to Universal Full Band for China, while Taiwan’s Catchplay has snapped up Heartbeat and Night Fishing, which was this year’s Golden Bear winner in Berlinale Shorts.