Fortissimo Films has acquired international distribution rights to Vietnamese director Vu Ngoc Dang’s “Lost in Paradise,” which world preems in Toronto Film Festival’s Discovery Section.
“Paradise,” the director’s follow-up to Vietnamese hit “Long-Legged Girls,” is Fortissimo’s first Vietnamese movie pickup.
Co-written by the helmer and lead actor Luong Manh Hai, the pic uses drama and comedy to depict the intersection of the daily lives of a gay couple, a mentally disabled man and a female prostitute.
” ‘Paradise’ reveals the complexities and absurdities of life, love and relationships,” said Fortissimo chairman Michael J. Werner.
“Vu Ngoc Dang is one of a new generation of Vietnamese directors that has both commercial sensibilities and a strong artistic vision.”
“Paradise” is produced by production-distribution company Vietnam Media Corp.-BHD.Deal announcement comes as Wei Te-sheng’s Fortissimo-sold “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale” world preems Thursday in Competition at Venice.
Produced by John Woo, Terence Chang and Jimmy Huang, the $25 million “Warriors” — about Seediq tribe warrior Mouna Rudo’s uprising against the Japanese in 1930s Taiwan — is the biggest Taiwanese production ever, and one of the most eagerly awaited titles unspooling on the Lido.