LONDON, May 7,2014: In the lead-up to Cannes, Fortissimo Films announced today that it has been enjoying both awards success and strong sales on a number of its recent films.
At, and subsequent to the recently concluded MIP TV, a number of further sales were concluded on this year’s Berlinale Golden and Silver Bear winner BLACK COAL, THIN ICE. Germany’s rising indie distributor Weltkino acquired the film for Germany, Austria and German speaking Switzerland while, Movies Inspired picked up Italy, Seven Films took Greece, Yeni Bir acquired Turkey and Emphasis picked up global airline rights. These are added to a number of previously announced sales including Hong Kong (Edko releases theatrically on May 15th) and France where Memento Films releases in early June.
Fortissimo’s Hong Kong genre success RIGOR MORTIS which will have a multi-city North American theatrical release in early June thru WellGo, was licensed to Metrodome for the UK with a theatrical release planned there for the Fall. On the awards-front, the film recently took the Silver Raven Prize at the Brussels International Film Festival, and was chosen as the Best Asian Film by the 2014 Singapore Entertainment Awards.
LOVE IS STRANGE by Ira Sachs continues to rack up sales in advance of its North American release this Autumn by Sony Picture Classics with Fortissimo closing additional sales with Mexico’s Cinema Nueva Era and HBO Latin America for first run pay TV throughout the region. HBO Latin America also acquired upcoming Fortissimo titles, GHADI (having its World Market Premiere in Cannes) and the Netherland’s current box-office star, ACCUSED (Lucia De B.) which will have its Festival Premiere later this year. HBO additionally acquired Tsai Ming Liang’s previous Cannes Competition title, FACE.
Also set to enjoy a US release this year in the US by Zeitgeist Films is Canadian director Richie Mehta’s, SIDDHARTH which continues to rack up an impressive list of Awards. Besides taking home the Best Picture Award at last month’s Beijing International Film Festival, and the Best Film Award at Belgium’s MOOOV Festival, it also won the Audience Award at April’s Los Angeles Indian Film Festival.