Fortissimo Film Sales, the Hong Kong and Amsterdam based sales outfit, has picked up Traces Of A Dragon: Jackie Chan And His Lost Family (pictured), which opens the "Dokumente" documentary section of the Berlin festival's Panorama sidebar.

The film directed by Mabel Cheung and Alex Law is described as "moving portrayal of 20th century China, set against the backdrop of a nation swept by continuous political and social turbulence."

Chan, arguably the most recognisable Asian star outside the Asian region, has maintained a clean-cut public image - the forthcoming Highbinders features one of his few on-screen kisses - and shrouds his private life in as much secrecy as he can muster. The film also comes at a time when the martial arts maestro is seen to be changing the direction of his career from out-and-out action towards action-comedy and action-drama.

Cheung and Law have frequently worked together - on titles including Beijing Rocks, City Of Glass and The Soong Sisters (1997) - which have seen Law credited as screenwriter and Cheung as director. Traces Of A Dragon is a Jackie Chan Production of a Mabel Cheung Film, produced by Willie Chan and Solon So and executive produced by Alex Law. The associate producer is Doris Tse.

It is also the first documentary to be handled by Fortissimo.