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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