South Korean sales company Finecut has done a raft of deals on Korea-Thailand shaman horror title The Medium, produced by Na Hong-jin and directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun.
The film made its world premiere at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (Bifan) where it won the top Best of Bucheon prize last night (July 15). It opened locally on July 14 and is sitting atop the box office chart so far with more than 253,000 admissions.
The Medium sold based on a promo reel to Taiwan (MovieCloud), Japan (Synca Creations), Singapore (Golden Village), German-speaking Europe (Koch Films), Hong Kong, Macau (Edko Films), Cambodia and Laos (M Pictures), Indonesia and Malaysia (Encore Films), Vietnam (Lumix Media) and currently in final negotiations for English-speaking territories, according to Finecut.
The film previously pre-sold to France (The Jokers Films).
Korean director Na, whose hit films such as The Chaser, The Yellow Sea and The Wailing have all screened in past Cannes’, wrote the original story with Choi Cha Won and collaborated with Thai director Pisanthanakun, whose credits include the hit supernatural horror comedy Pee Mak and Shutter.
Nathan Huang, acquisitions exec at Taiwan’s MovieCloud, described The Medium as: “A new type of horror film mixed with supernaturalism, exorcism and occultism which will make people feel scared to their bones.”
The film is produced by Northern Cross and GDH 559 and backed by Showbox and Northern Cross,