Hong Kong-based Distribution Workshop has picked up international rights excluding China to Wang Quan’an’s White Deer Plain, which was a late addition to Berlin competition.
The historical epic is based on a novel of the same by Chen Zhongshi, which was blacklisted in China due to its explicit sex scenes. Set towards the end of imperial China, the story revolves around a woman who gets caught up in a struggle for land ownership between two rival clans.
Starring Zhang Fengyi and Kitty Zhang Yuqi, the film was produced by Wang’s Lightshades Film Productions, Xi’an Movie and TV Production and Western Film Group Corp, amongst other investors.
Wang won the Berlin Golden Bear in 2006 for Tuya’s Marriage and a Silver Bear for best screenplay for Apart Together in 2010.
Distribution Workshop is also selling Tsui Hark’s Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate, which is screening out of competition in Berlin; Ann Hui’s Venice best actress winner A Simple Life, and Tony Ching’s The Sorcerer And The White Snake, which also screened at Venice.