Fortissimo Films has secured a North American deal for Ray Yeung’s gay comedy-drama, Front Cover.

Front Cover

Strand Releasing has picked up the distribution rights to the film, which Fortissimo is selling at Toronto. Strand is planning a North American festival run and a theatrical release starting in New York from spring 2016.

The deal was negotiated by Fortissimo Films’ chairman, Michael Werner and Strand Releasing’s Co-President, Marcus Hu.

Front Cover, which received its world premiere in Competition at the recent Seattle International Film Festival, centres on a gay fashion stylist in New York who detests his Asian upbringing.

When he is given an assignment to style a foreign actor for an important photo shoot, an unlikely friendship develops.

The film will open the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival next week.

The English-language feature marks the second film from director Ray Yeung, whose debut Cut Sleeve Boys premiered at Rotterdam in 2006.