"Black Coal Thin Ice" in Berlin

Fortissimo closes post-MIP-TV deals.

HONG KONG – “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” the new generation Chinese thriller that won the Golden Bear in Berlin, is to get a theatrical release in Germany.

The film was acquired by Weltkino, which also acquired the rights for Austria and German-speaking Switzerland from Hong Kong- and Amsterdam-based sales agent Fortissimo Films.

After the company’s recent trip to MIP-TV other European distributors were also signed up. They include Movies Inspired for Italy, Seven Films for Greece and Yeni Bir for Turkey. Emphasis acquired airline rights. The pic has been widely licensed and is set for theatrical release in Hong Kong this month and France in June.

“Love Is Strange,” a gay comedy directed by Ira Sachs was sold by Fortissimo to Mexico’s Cinema Nueva Era and to HBO Latin America for first run pay-TV throughout the region. Starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, the film will have its North American release this fall through Sony Picture Classics.

Fortissimo also closed a further deal for retro-style Hong Kong horror “Rigor Mortis” with the U.K.’s Metrodome.

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