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Korea Thrust Back into the Limelight at Cannes

2009/05/20 | 162 views | Permalink | Source

Korea's two most anticipated directors, who have already had success in Cannes, have thrust Korea back into the international spot light. Park Chan-wook's "Thirst" and Bong Joon-ho's "Mother - 2009" have sealed a number of international deals. For a film industry already lagging before the global recession, both directors have not disapointed . CJ, who will probably name 2009 as their year have sold "Thirst" to 'Lola Film' in Spain, 'Paris Filmes' in Brazil, 'Edko' in Hong Kong, 'Avsar Film' in Turkey and 'Discovery' who distribute in the ex-Yogoslavia territories. BONG's "Mother - 2009", after its critical acclaim premiering at the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes was sold to 'Eco Film' in Portugal, 'Catchplay' in Taiwan, 'Eco Films' and 'Discovery' again. CJ's tidal success has continued also with disaster film "Haeundae" sold to 'Optimum' in the U.K., 'Splendid' in Germany and 'Edko' again.

After its showing at the Hong Kong Film Mart, "Haeundae" was also sold to a number of Asian distributers. Also before Cannes, both "Thirst" and "Mother - 2009" pre sold to a myriad of distributers across Europe.

Not to be left behind Showbox has also success selling "The Sword with No Name" to 'Splendid', 'Showbox Media Group' who distribute in the U.K, 'Horizon International' in Turkey and 'Catchplay' again. The Festival de Cannes wraps up on the 24th of May.

David Oxenbridge (KOFIC)

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