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Fortissimo gets to ‘Paradise’

Company picks up first Vietnamese film

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.

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