Start-up company Fine Cut will co-produce Japanese director Sabu's next feature film, titled Arrested Memories. Company founder Seo Yeong-joo
will be producer, pitching the project this fall at the 13th Pusan International Film Festival's project market, PPP, where it will be presented among 30 promising new titles. The project, pending financing, will be shot in Korea with a Korean cast.
Written by Sabu, the US $2 million project is an off-beat comic thriller about a tough police detective who develops Alzheimer's disease and botches an operation. After being assigned to a kidnapping case, sudden memory loss sends him into a spiral of misadventures, inadvertently aiding him in cracking the case and saving the day.
Sabu is an award-winning director whose features have toured the world's top-tier festivals. He won the FIPRESCI Prize in 1999 for Monday, and the NETPAC award in 2002 for Blessing Bell, both at the Berlin Film Festival. He currently has three projects on the go: Dancing Mary, Arrested Memories, and High in Heaven, a sequel to Arrested Memories.
Seo was the founder of international sales company Cineclick Asia where she has represented films such as Lee Chang-dong
", and Park Chan-wook
's "Old Boy"
. She was also co-producer of Kim Ki-duk
" and "Breath"
, and Siddiq Barmak's Opium War. She is the producer of Pablo Trapero's Lion's Den which was in competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2008.
Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)