Sales unit completes string of deals
New Korean sales company Fine Cut completed a string of deals at Berlin on its Korean and international titles.
“The Chaser,” an actioner by first-time helmer Na Hong-jin, was licensed to Haut et Court (France), Cineart (Belgium), Seven Group (Greece) and Golden Scene (Hong Kong). Pic was released on 430 screens in Korea last week and notched up 670,000 admissions for a gross approaching $6 million in its opening weekend.
Dark fantasy “Hansel and Gretel” was licensed to Innoform Media (Singapore), A Film (Benelux) and Seven (Greece). A Film also bought two more films in post-production: Siddiq Barmak’s “Opium War” and Kim Tae-gyun’s “Crossing.”
Fine Cut was launched this month by Suh Young-joo, who quit as head of Cineclick Asia in December but continues to consult for her former stable (Daily Variety, Feb. 7.)
On behalf of Cineclick, Suh sold “Make It Big” and “La Belle” to Taiwan’s Waysen. Hong Kong helmer Pang Ho-cheung’s “Exodus” was sold to Aztek Intl. (Australia), and “Fighter in the Wind” went to Barnhill Group for former-Soviet Union territories.
Megahit “The Host” was sold to MHAO Production and Management for the pic’s last remaining territory, Italy. Poland’s May Fly bought Kim Ki-duk library titles “Crocodile” and “Samaritan Girl.”
India proved a hot territory. UTV bought 18 library titles, including “Old Boy,” “3-Iron,” “A Tale of Two Sisters,” “Blue Swallow,” “The Bow” and “Lucky Miles.” Alliance M&E bought nine arthouse titles including “Tuya’s Marriage,” “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring” and “Oasis.”