Onoma International, the new sales company launched in September by Pascal Diot, former head of Pathe International (France), has unveiled a four film slate headed by new Chinese picture Day And Night (Riri Yeye).
Day And Night is directed by Wang Chao, who attracted strong critical acclaim for his first film The Orphan Of Anyang. The picture, which recently completed principal photography, is the Mongolian-set story of a man torn between loyalty for his own people and his own desires. Starring Liu Lei, Xiao Ming, Wang Zheng, Sun Guilin and Wang Lan, it is co-produced by Sylvain Bursztein's Paris-based Rosem Films.
Diot, who has long been an Asian specialist and will be based at the Unifrance stand during Mifed, is also handling two films at the pre-production stage.
Chok Dee, to be directed by Frenchman Xavier Durringer, is based on the true story of a small-time crook who quits France for Thailand where he builds a new life through a tough apprenticeship in Thai Boxing. Dida Diafat will head the cast which includes Bernard Giraudeau.
Scenes From Mongolia (Sequences Mongols), set to shoot in April next year, is the story of a nomadic film projectionist who makes his last journey to find his childhood sweetheart. To be directed by Xavier Simon, the film is co-produced by Artcam and Diot's Onoma.
The newest confirmation is Serko, a period epic about the legendary horseman Dimitri who travelled the length of the Russian Empire in 200 days to plead with the Tsar on behalf of his people. The film will be directed by Joel Farges and produced by CDP in association with Onoma.