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Pretty walks ‘Line’ to win pic rights

Pic bowed at Pusan fest last month, seems on course for Sundance

With nuclear weapons tension barely abated, international distributors have been quick to acquire rights to “Crossing the Line,” a British-made documentary about U.S. Army officer James Dresnok who defected to North Korea in the 1960s.

Pic preemed at South Korea’s Pusan Film 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 L.A. rep of Korean mini-conglom MK Pictures. Yi is also handling rights to a feature movie version based on Dresnok’s experiences.

Helmer Daniel Gordon’s “Crossing” is a VeryMuchSo Production in association with Passion Pictures, BBC, E Pictures, Koryo Tours and IFG2. Co-producer is Nicholas Bonner and other exec producers are John Battsek and Richard Klein.

Pretty Pictures got a taste for Korean controversy last month when it bought French-language rights to North Korean movie “The Schoolgirl Diaries.”

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