China's Cultural Revolution is the theme of three new films on the slate of Film Library, the Hong Kong and Los Angeles sales outfit.
The company has expanded its Mifed sales slate thanks to a diversification into production.
Jiang Jie, a stylish look at the turmoils of the 'Cultural Revolution' via the Peking Opera, which was positioned as a role model for many in China. The film is directed by Zhang Yuan, whose repertoire includes Green Tea (also being handled by Film Library), Seventeen Years and Beijing Bastards. Jiang Jie is currently in advanced post-production and should be ready for an appearance on the festival circuit early in 2004.
Film Library principal Alexandra Sun will take Blind Shaft director Li Yang's Red Passion to the Cinemart project market in Rotterdam in January 2004. The film, which also takes the Cultural Revolution as its theme, examines the collective madness of a whole country as seen through the eyes of a teenage boy. The $2m-$3m project will shoot in mid-2004 and be co-produced between Film Library and Li's German-based company Tang Splendour which also co-produced the multi-award winning Blind Shaft. France's Ocean Films has an option on the film and could see its position converted into co-producer.
Meanwhile, the Japanese-trained Li Wake is also finalising Crevice, a Cultural Revolution story heavy on sexual innuendo that should be ready for a market debut in Berlin or Cannes.
At Mifed Sun is introducing Peacock, a drama about the lives of three brothers and sisters over a period of ten years. The picture is the directorial debut of Gu Chang Wei, who has been the cinematographer of many of the leading directors in China. His credits include Farewell My Concubine and Devils On The Doorstep and US pictures Hurlyburly and Joan Chen's Autumn In New York.