'Factory' stars Yang

HONG KONG – Cannes is coming and the rights are being picked up.

Hong Kong and Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films has acquired world sales rights to Un Certain Regard title “Pleasure Factory” (aka “Kuaile Gongchang”.)

Pic is the sophomore effort by Thai helmer Ekachai Uekrongtham, whose “Beautiful Boxer” won prizes at San Sebastian fest and LA’s OutFest two years ago. Based on real characters and real events new pic is set entirely in Singapore’s Geylang red light district.

“Factory” stars Taiwanese actress Yang Kuei-Mei (“The Wayward Cloud”) and Ananda Everingham (“Shutter”) alongside a cast of locals found through ‘street casting.’

Production was by Uekrongtham’s own Spicy Apple Films, with Fortissimo’s Michael J Werner and Wouter Barendrecht and Lim Teck of Singapore’s InnoForm as co-producers.

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