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"Poetry" sold to the US

2010/06/08 | 227 views |  | Permalink | Source

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US distribution company KINO LORBER has picked up rights to Lee Chang-dong's most recent Cannes winner "Poetry". The film is to have its US premier this fall. The company picked up rights to the film in the wake of rave reviews at Cannes.

KINO LORBER is known for having bought many lauded international titles such as WONG Kar-wai's Happy Together, Michael Haneke's Funny Games, and Korean titles such as Lim Sang-soo's "The President's Last Bang" and LeeJae-yong's "Untold Scandal".

The distributor aims to promote the film as a possible contender for the foreign language film category at the 2011 Academy Awards. "Poetry" deals with an elderly woman learning to write a poem while fighting Alzheimer's and the horror of her grandson's involvement in a school gang rape.

The film's international sales agent Finecut did brisk sales of the title at the Cannes Film Market, selling to nine countries including Taiwan, Spain, Greece, Russia, former Yugoslavia, Benelux, and Brazil. Interest in the film ignited when French distributor Diaphana decided to invest and purchase rights in LEE's project well before it went into production.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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