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Fortissimo hails ‘Century’

Thai memory drama part of New Crowned Hope series

“Syndromes and a Century,” a movie exploring memory and happiness by acclaimed Thai helmer Apichatpong Weerasethakul, has been picked up for international sales by Fortissimo Films.

Focusing on memories of two doctors, pic was inspired by helmer’s parents. Weerasethakul’s previous completed film, “Tropical Malady,” won the jury prize at Cannes two years ago.

New pic is one of seven feature films commissioned by New Crowned Hope, the part of the Vienna festival celebrating classical music composer Mozart’s 250th anniversary.

It was produced by Weerasethakul, Pantham Thongsan and Charles de Meaux of Kick the Machine Films, with Tifa Co. and Ann Sanders Films. Simon Field and Keith Griffiths of NCH take exec producer credits.

Two other NCH projects have been picked up by sales agents as they neared completion. Fortissimo recently boarded Tsai Ming-liang’s “I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone,” and Scalpel Films is representing “Hamaca Paraguaya,” which appears in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section.

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