Hot Blooded

Source: Finecut

‘Hot Blooded’

Korea’s Finecut has closed a string of deals led by Cheon Myeong-kwan’s action noir Hot Blooded and Hong Jun-pyo’s animation Chun Tae-il: A Flame That Lives On, both set to Cannes market premieres.

Best-selling author Cheon Myeong-kwan’s directorial debut, Hot Blooded has sold to Japan (New Select), North America (Epic Pictures Releasing), Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia (CJ ENM Hong Kong), Philippines (Viva Networks)

Starring Jung Woo (Best Friend), Kim Kap-soo (Steel Rain) and Choi Moo-sung (Last Child), the film previously sold to The Jokers Films for France and M Pictures for Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.

Produced by Myung Films and Studio Roomer, Chun Tae-Il: A Flame That Lives On tells the story of a young man who sparked changes in labour conditions in Korea.

The Annecy and Busan title sold to Hong Kong and Macau (Edko Films), Taiwan (Cai Chang International) and in-flight in Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines (Bofrato Limited).

Upcoming title Contorted, a family housing horror film, sold to Vietnam (Lumix Media), Taiwan (Cai Chang International), Japan (New Select Co.),Philippines (Viva Networks). It previously sold to Indonesia (PT. Prima CinemaMultimedia), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar (Sahamongkofilm International).

Two feature debuts by women directors – Lee Ji-eun’s The Hill Of Secrets, which was in Berlinale Generation Kplus and recently won the CGV Arthouse Award at Jeonju International Film Festival, and Kim Se-in‘s The Apartment With Two Women, which won five prizes at Busan including the New Currents Award and Actress of the Year before going on to screen in Berlinale Panorama – also closed deals.

The Hill Of Secrets sold to Hong Kong & Macau (Edko Films) and Taiwan (AV-Jet International) while The Apartment With Two Women sold to Japan (Harakiri Films) and Hong Kong and Macau (Edko Films).

Hong Sangsoo’s Silver Bear for Grand Jury Prize winner The Novelist’s Film also sold to Portugal (Midas Filmes), Germany and Austria (Grandfilm), Canada (Acephale), Taiwan (AV-Jet International) in addition to the deals made at the Berlinale for the US (The Cinema Guild), Greece and Cyprus (Ama Films), Spain (L’Atalante Cinema), France (Arizona Films Distribution), and Japan (Mimosa Film).

Shin Su-won’s Hommage also closed deals to Japan (New Select Co.), Philippines (Viva Networks) and worldwide in-flight (Encore Inflight) and will screen at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival.

At this year’s Cannes, Finecut has July Jung’s Next Sohee as the Critics Week closing film. Starring Doona Bae and Kim Si-eun, it tells the story of a high school girl’s death at a call centre and the detective who investigates it.