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Hong Kong- and Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films has picked up rights to “The White King,” a dark fable that boasts a starry British cast.

Starring Jonathan Pryce, Agyness Deyn, Greta Scacchi, Fiona Shaw, Clare-Hope Ashitey and Olafur Darri Olafsson, the film is an adaptation of a Hungarian novel by Gyorgy Dragoman set in a fictional country ruled by a brutal and high tech autocratic regime.

It is the feature debut of married couple Joerg Tittel and Alex Helfrecht and was produced in Hungary by Oiffy, run by Tittel, Helfrecht and producer Philip Munger, and by producer Teun Hilte (“Miss Julie,” “Black Book”.)

Fortissimo will screen footage and begin sales at Cannes, ahead of an anticipated launch at a major festival later this year.

“’The White King’ depicts a society and a way of life that is all the more unsettling in this current period of global uncertainty. This film will be understood by all as a metaphor for the concerns that we should all have for the leaders we pick and the world our children will inherit,” said Fortissimo’s Nicole Mackey, who negotiated the acquisition with the film makers.