Japan’s Gaga Corp has picked up international rights to Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) opening film, The Horse Thieves – Roads Of Time, directed by Yerlan Nurmukhambetov and Lisa Takeba.
Gaga has worldwide rights excluding CIS, which is being handled by Julia Kim, and China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Korea and Mongolia, which are being handled by Tokyo-based Vap.
Described as a Kazakhstani Western, the film will receive its world premiere at BIFF’s opening ceremony tonight (October 3). Starring Samal Yeslyamova, who won best actress in Cannes 2018 for Ayka, the film is a co-production between Kazakhstan’s national film studio, Kazakhfilm, and Japan’s Tokyo New Cinema.
Nurmukhambetov previously won the New Currents Award in Busan in 2015 for Walnut Tree, while Takeba’s credits include Haruko’s Paranormal Laboratory (2015).
Gaga is also launching sales on It Stopped Raining, directed by Ryutaro Nakagawa, which is receiving its world premiere in Busan’s A Window on Asian Cinema section. Produced by Wit Studio and Tokyo New Cinema, the film stars Taiga Nakano as a young bioarcheologist who falls for a girl with short term memory loss, played by Misa Eto.
Also new on Gaga’s slate is We Make Antiques! Kyoto Rendezvous, directed by Masaharu Take (100 Yen Love), a sequel to the director’s 2018 comedy drama We Make Antiques! Kiichi Nakai and Kuranosuke Sasaki reprise their roles, with Ryoko Hirosue joining the cast.