Korean sales agent Finecut has announced a slew of deals closed during Cannes, including the sale of Ounie Lecomte’s A Brand New Life to Cineart for Benelux and Filmhouse for Mexico, among other territories.
The semi-autobiographical film about a young girl in an orphanage awaiting adoption, also went to Hong Kong’s Edko Films and Israel’s Shani Film.
Diaphana acquired French rights to A Brand New Life when it was still in development and Finecut is also in talks to sell the film to the US, UK, Germany and Japan. Produced by Cannes juror Lee Chang-dong, it screened out of competition in the Special Screenings section at Cannes.
Horror film A Blood Pledge, which Finecut picked up on the eve of the market, went to Encore Films for Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Directed by Lee Jong-yong, the film is the fifth installment in a popular Korean horror franchise that also includes The Whispering Corridor and Memento Mori.
In addition, Visicom Surya acquired Singapore rights to creature feature Chaw after also taking rights for Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Vietnam during Cannes. The film, about a man-eating boar terrorising a Korean village, will be released in Korea over the summer.
According to Finecut chief Youngjoo Suh, Chaw and A Blood Pledge are both the subject of negotiations for remake rights.
Meanwhile Taiwan’s Catchplay acquired eight Finecut titles including Eye For An Eye, Hansel And Gretel and My Dear Enemy. Hansel And Gretel also went to Compania General de la Imagen forArgentina, Chile and Uruguay.