Five territories have been sold and another 16 are under discussion or in the final stages of negotiation, sales company MK2 announced Sunday on the Croisette.
Japanese co-producer Bitters End will release in Japan. Chinese producers the Beijing-based Xstream Pictures and the Shanghai Film Group Corporation plan a release this fall in China.
Countries under discussion or negotiation take in the U.S., Germany, Scandinavia, Benelux, Switzerland, South Korea, Russia, Greece, Brazil, Turkey and former-Yugoslavia.
Helmed by multi-prized Jia Zhangke (“24 City,” “Platform,” Venice Golden Lion winner “Still Life”), the four-part “Sin,” based on true stories, delivers a boldly hard-hitting vision of a contempo China slowly consumed by violence.
It is also something of a departure for Jia, mixing his style and that of Chinese “wuxia” martial hero films, said Juliette Schrameck, MK2 sales and acquisitions head.
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“There are very Tarantino-esque moments but it’s still a Jia film, with one of the most beautiful works of cinematography you can imagine,” she added.