Korean sales company Finecut has announced a raft of deals as the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off.
In the festival’s Real to Reel section, Kim Ki-duk’s Cannes Un Certain Regard award-winning documentary Arirang is has sold to Italy (Punto Zero), German-speaking Europe (Rapid Eye Movies), and Poland (New Horizons) in addition Japan and Taiwan. Kim’s next feature film Amen is also set to go to the upcoming San Sebastian competition.
Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo’s The Day He Arrives has sold to France (Les Acacias) and Israel (Nachoshon) in addition to territories previously confirmed - US (The Cinema Guild), Japan (Bitters End), and Taiwan (Catchplay). Les Acacias, having seen a good release this summer with Hong’s Hahaha, will release his Oki’s Movie in December and The Day He Arrives in spring of 2012.
Berlinale shorts Golden Bear winner Night Fishing, directed by brothers Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong under the moniker PARKing CHANce, also sold to Italy (Tucker Film) and German-speaking Europe (Rapid Eye Movies) after its sales for North America (Magnolia), Taiwan (Catchplay), and Hong Kong (Sundream).
Finecut’s also coproducing a supernatural horror film with the younger director Park Chan-kyong. The project will be at the upcoming Busan film fest’s Asian Project Market, currently listed there as When The Bell Rings Itself.
Finecut is also selling the new film Blind starring Kim Ha-neul and Yoo Seung-ho. The film recently opened in Korea on Aug 10 to rapidly clock up more than 2.1 million admissions, and is still on more than 300 screens. Blind has been invited to Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas.
Leafie: A Hen Into The Wild has become the top box office Korean feature animation in history, getting over 2 million admissions. In addition to several fest invites including one to Sitges, the animation is due for wide release in China. Distributor Dadi is preparing the film to go out on over 3,000 screens on Sept 30.