Fortissimo Film Sales has picked up world sales rights to Monday, the Japanese film which scooped the FIPRESCI critics award at last month's Berlin festival.
The film, directed by Hiroki Tanaka (aka Sabu), is the story told in flashback of a man who wakes up in a luxury hotel without knowing how he got there. The film was produced by Lee Bong-ou of Cine Qua Non in Tokyo, and stars Shinichi Tsutsumi and Yasuke Matsuyuki.
Fortissimo handled sales on Sabu's previous film Postman Blues. Fortissimo co-chairman Wouter Barendrecht said: "We are thrilled to continue our collaboration with one of Asia's most talented and original filmmakers."
Prior to Berlin, Fortissimo picked up sales rights to seven new pictures including Wong Kar Wai's Cannes competition hopeful In The Mood For Love, which stars Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung (Leung Chiu Wai). Its slate also includes The Goddess Of 1967 from Floating Life director Clara Law; romantic comedy Thomas In Love (Thomas Est Amoureux), directed by Pierre-Paul Renders; Les Diseurs De Verite, a tale of Algerian refugees in The Netherlands by The Polish Bride director Karim Traida and Spicy Love Soup from director Zhang Yang, whose Shower debuted at Toronto last year.
Fortissimo also has two projects which are looking for finance - Alex van Warmerdam's black comedy Grimm and Jacky, to be directed by first-timers Fow Pyng Hu and Brat Ljatifi. The company has also committed to Zhang's next film Quitting.