EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s M-Line Distribution has made another foray into non-Korean product by picking up international rights to Television, directed by Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa S. Farooki.
The satirical drama, which closed last year’s Busan International Film Festival, tells the story of a village elder who faces a local rebellion when he bans television for being un-Islamic. The film also screened at the Dubai and Goteborg film festivals.
M-Line has world rights excluding Bangladesh, where the film is currently a hit at the local box office. Farooki built his production house Chabial through making telefilms that drew huge ratings and eventually created an audience for theatrical release and DVD.
M-Line also recently picked up Iranian auteur Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s The Gardener. The company’s slate also includes Korean filmmaker Chung Ji-young’s National Security, also a buzz film at last year’s BIFF, and Lee Ji-seung’s Azooma starring Jang Young-nam as a woman hunting down her daughter’s rapist.