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KIM Ki-duk's "Dream" to go to European Film Market

2008/01/30 Source

Korea's Showbox, a film investment, distribution and sales company has picked up international sales rights to Kim Ki-duk's 15th feature film "Dream". The company will take the film and a handful of other titles to the European Film Market which runs alongside the Berlinale February 7 17.

KIM's "Dream" cranked out January 23 after a 3-week shoot in Seoul. The film is generating much buzz due to its high-caliber casting of top Korean actress Lee Na-young and male sensation Joe Odagiri from Japan. As with previous works, it will explore themes of dream, memory, love and the mystery of communication. In a bold experiment the film will have the lead couple speaking in two different languages yet understanding each other words.

Showbox holds sales rights on "Dream" for all territories outside Korea and Japan, where local distributor-exhibitor Sponge Entertainment and Japanese investor Stylejam own rights respectively. Sponge is set to release the film this Spring with a final cut ready in time for consideration at the 61st Cannes festival, this May.

KIM, whose "Samaria" won him a Berlin Silver Bear award in 2004, will not be absent from the program this year. A film he wrote and executively produced has been selected to screen in the Panorama section of the Berlinale. "Beautiful", the feature debut of KIM's assistant director, Juhn Jai-hong tells the story of a woman who is persecuted because of her beauty. Both "Dream" and "Beautiful" were produced through KIM's production company, Kim Ki-duk Film.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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