Fortissimo Films has sold recent pick-up The Great Hypnotist to several territories and continues to do brisk business on Berlin Golden Bear winner Black Coal, Thin Ice, which was gone to Broadmedia Studios for Japan.
Produced by Wanda Media, The Great Hypnotist has been sold to Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Singapore and Malaysia (Clover Films) and Taiwan (Eagle Pictures). Fox International Channels has acquired pay-TV and digital rights for South-East Asia, while worldwide airline rights went to Encore.
Golden Scene is planning a mid-June release for the film, which has grossed more than $35m in mainland China. The mystery thriller is directed by Leste Chen and stars Xu Zheng and Karen Mok.
Broadmedia is planning a theatrical release in early 2015 for Black Coal, Thin Ice, which has also gone to Belgium (Imagine Film Distribution), Netherlands and Luxembourg (Non-Stop Entertainment) and Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland (AB). HBO Central Europe acquired first run pay-TV rights for Central Europe.
Meanwhile, Fruit Chan’s The Midnight After, which recently grossed HK$22m in Hong Kong, has been sold to Taiwan: Shengchi Media acquired theatrical and video rights, while Fox Star Taiwan took rights for cable and pay-TV.