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Docu is ‘Crossing’ borders

Int'l distribs pick up movie about U.S. defector to N. Korea

With nuclear weapons tension barely abated, international distributors have been quick to acquire rights to “Crossing The Line,” a British-made docu about U.S. Army officer James Dresnok who defected to North Korea in the 1960s. Pic preemed at the Pusan festival last month and seems on course for a berth in Sundance.

Movie was acquired this week by French distrib Pretty Pictures in a six figure deal. It was pre-sold to Japan’s Cinequanon and to South Korea’s Dongsoong Arts Center. Sales are handled by Paul Yi, one of pic’s three exec producers and LA rep of Korean mini-conglom MK Pictures. Yi is also handling rights to a feature movie version based on Dresnok’s experiences.

“Crossing” is a VeryMuchSo Production in association with Passion Pictures, BBC, E Picutres, Koryo Tours and IFG2. It was helmed by Daniel Gordon with co-producer Nicholas Bonner and exec producers Oscar-winner John Battsek (“One day In September”), Richard Klein and Yi.

Pretty Pictures last month last month got a taste for Korean controversy when in a rare move it bought French speaking rights to North Korean movie “The Schoolgirl Diaries.”

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