Strand grabs Ye’s ‘Suzhou’

Pic sold to over 20 territories

BERLIN — After a long bidding war, Strand Releasing has snapped up U.S. rights to the Rotterdam buzz title “Suzhou,” beating a slew of other domestic distribs including Sony and Paramount.

Company took all rights to Chinese director Lou Ye’s boy-meets-girl story set in Shanghai’s criminal milieu.

Pic sold recently to over 20 territories with major players being outbid in a number of other territories besides the U.S. Sales include Film Tonic for Canada and Artificial Eye for the U.K. Pic has also been snapped up for Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea and France among others. Philippe Bober’s Berlin-based production shingle Essential Film Produktion produced “Suzhou” in association with Lou Ye’s Dream factory, which is one of China’s first indie film production companies.

Bober’s sales and financing venture, the Co-Production Office, handled world sales.

The pic was partly backed by the Super City Project initiated by Ye to back China’s so-called Sixth Generation of directors to which he belongs.

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