The company has sold all US rights to Lee Kang-sheng's Venice competition entry, Help Me Eros, to Strand Releasing. The Culver City-based distributor is planning a summer 2008 release for the film, which recently won the grand prize at the Gijon Film Festival and the special jury prize at the Bangkok Film Festival.
Strand has also acquired reissue rights to controversial gay film For A Lost Soldier, directed by Roeland Kerbosch, which it has been distributing for Fortissimo for several years. The film will be remastered and a special edition will be created.
The two deals follow Fortissimo and Strand 's recent collaboration on Gregg Araki's The Living End: Remixed And Remastered, which will screen in the Panorama Section at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.
Meanwhile, Fortissimo has also sold recent acquisition Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go, a UK documentary directed by Kim Longinotto, to Yle 2 (Finland), VRT (Belgium), IKON (Netherlands), NHK (Japan), Swedish Educational Channel (Sweden) and Noga (Israel). The deals were negotiated by Fortissimo's senior vice president, TV and Ancillary Sales, Catherine Le Clef.
Rotterdam title It's Hard To Be Nice, which will be screened at the upcoming EFM, has been sold for the Benelux to Amsterdam-based Cinemien Distribution, with the deal closed by Fortissimo managing director Nelleke Driessen.