The novelist’s film, which brought Korean director Hong San Soo to a grand jury prize in Berlin on Wednesday, has won several rights deals.
From Seoul Thin notch rights-licensed film, licensed to Ama Films for Greece and Cyprus, Mimosa Films for Japan, L’Atalante Cinema for Spain, Arizona Films Distribution for France and The Cinema Guild for the United States
Finecut also did European film market business with “Contorted,” an unorthodox horror story about a family tragedy. He previously sold the name to Thai Sahamongkol Films and Indonesian PT. Prima Cinema Multimedia).
“Heaven: To the Land Of Happiness” was licensed by Finecut on Little Monster Films for Australia and, New Zealand, on Twin for Japan, Viva Networks for the Philippines and Long Shong for Taiwan. The film was directed by Im San Su and was part of the official selection in Cannes in 2020, when the festival did not take place, and was also the opening film of the Busan festival in 2021.
“Hon Sansu is one of the most famous directors [..] The “novelist’s film” examines some of his usual themes, but this time they are interpreted differently – in terms of female characters. The result is magical, and we are very happy about it, ”said Sonia Uria from L’Atalante Cinema. The director has appeared in three consecutive editions of the Berlin Film Festival: “The Running Woman” in 2020 and “Introduction in 2021”.
“Bent” is based on the novel “Curved House”, which won the prize “Safehouse Horror Contest”. The main roles in the film were played by So Yong Hee (“Bedeville”) and Kim Min Zhe (“Peninsula”).