Distrib nabs pair of pics in Korea, India

HONG KONG — On the eve of this year’s Hong Kong Filmart, which kicks off on Monday and runs through March 22, Michael Werner’s Hong Kong and Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films announced it had concluded deals with new distribs in Korea and India.

In Korea, Fortissimo closed a two-picture deal with indie distrib JoyNContents Group, for the Taiwanese 2011 hit, Wei Te-sheng’s “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale,” which it will release theatrically this summer, and Yonfan’s “Color Blossoms,” which preemed in the Panorama section at the Berlinale this year.

In India, Fortissimo signed a multi-picture deal with DAR Media Group for two 3D horror movies helmed by Takashi Shimizu, “The Shock Labyrinth” and “Tormented.” DAR plans to release the films theatrically in 3D and 2D formats throughout India later this summer.

This year, a record 640 exhibitors from 31 countries are expected to throng the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, a 10% increase from last year, as the growing focus on the Asian market, especially China, provides additional buzz to the event.

Filmart takes place at the same time as concurrently with the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF); the Hong Kong Film Festival (HKIFF) starts March 21.

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