Norwegian sales company BV International Pictures has picked up international rights to Jonathan Foo and Nguyen Phan Quang Bing's Song Of The Stork, described as the first Vietnam war film to be shot on location in Vietnam by an international crew.

Inspired by true stories, Song Of The Stork depicts the conflict through the fates of five different characters from the beginning of the war until the present day.

Also billed as the first Singapore-Vietnamese joint effort in film-making, the film is produced by Peggy Lim and Nho Thi Bich Hanh of Singapore's MegaMedia with a mainly Vietnamese cast. Nguyen Quang Shang, Thu Bon, Nguyen Duy and US novelist Wayne Karlin share the credit for the script.

Well-known Vietnam war films such as Coppola's Apocalypse Now, Stone's Heaven And Earth and Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket were all shot in neighbouring countries such as Thailand or the Philippines.

BV International was launched by managing director Bjorg Veland three years ago and has previously sold product such as Pal Sletaunes' Junk Mail and Karim Traidias' The Polish Bride, both of which were sold to around 40 territories.