Etchie Stroh's Moonstone Entertainment has closed a slew of deals on Chen Kaige's latest film Together which world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last week and was swiftly sold to United Artists for North America.
Momentum Pictures bought the film for the UK, A-Film for Benelux, Vertigo for Spain, Shani Films for Israel and New Visions/Hopscotch for Australia. Stroh will continue sales in San Sebastian where the film is also screening.
Together is based on a true story about a brilliant 13 year-old violinist who comes to Beijing with his father from their provincial city in search of a good music teacher. Once there, he encounters the corrupting power of money, friendship in the form of his teacher and a young gold-digger upstairs and renewed love for his father. It stars Tang Yun, Liu Peiqi, Chen Hong and Chen himself as a high-powered teacher who takes over the boy's musical education.
It marks a return to Chinese film-making after Chen's disastrous English language film Killing Me Softly which has yet to be released in the US by rights-holder MGM.