Seoul-based sales company Finecut has announced several deals from the 36th Toronto International Film Festival, led by Kim Ki-duk¡¯s documentary Arirang, which is screening in the Real to Reel section.
The maverick director¡¯s self-focused documentary Arirang sold to Italy (Punto Zero), German-speaking Europe (Rapid Eye Movies), and Poland (New Horizons), following sales to Japan and Taiwan. Arirang previously won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes this May.
Kim Ki-duk¡¯s next feature film Amen has also been invited to the upcoming San Sebastian film festival¡¯s Competition section.
Another Cannes Un Certain Regard film, The Day He Arrives, directed by auteur director Hong Sang-soo, sold to France (Les Acacias) and Israel (Nachoshon) in addition to territories previously announced - US (The Cinema Guild), Japan (Bitters End), and Taiwan (Catchplay).
Les Acacias is a regular Hong Sang-soo customer and Finecut says that the company, ¡°after scoring a good release this summer with Hahaha, will release Oki¡¯s Movie in December and The Day He Arrives in spring of 2012.¡±
The Golden Bear winner at this past Berlin film festival, Night Fishing, which was directed by brothers Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong using their new PARKing CHANce brand also did multiple sales. The innovative iphone short film sold to to Italy (Tucker Film) and German-speaking Europe (Rapid Eye Movies) after its sales for North America (Magnolia), Taiwan (Catchplay), and Hong Kong (Sundream).
Having established a rapport with Park Chan-kyong, Finecut is co-producing a supernatural horror film with the younger Park brother as director. The project, entitled When the Bell Rings Itself, has been selected to the Asian Project Market at next month¡¯s Busan International Film Festival.