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Berlin: Strand Grabs North American Rights To Sundance-Winning ‘Spa Night’ (EXCLUSIVE)

BERLIN — Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Andrew Ahn’s feature debut “Spa Night” which world premiered at Sundance.

A critically-acclaimed pic, “Spa Night” earned its star Joe Seo a special jury prize for breakthrough performance in Park City.

Set in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, “Spa Night” explores a Korean-American family’s dreams and realities as each struggles with the overlap of personal desire, disillusionment and sense of tradition. It centers on a closeted Korean-American teenager who takes a job at a Korean spa where he discovers an underground world of gay sex.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Strand Releasing. They have championed daring independent films by world class directors for over two decades. We are honored to be a part of this legacy,” said Ahn.

Strand Releasing’s Jon Gerrans and Marcus Hu said, “Andrew is a bright new voice for Asian American filmmakers — he’s truly an original, he really captures the nuances of this unique and personal journey with the beautiful direction of his actors.”

Pic is produced by Kelly Thomas, David Ariniello, Giulia Caruso and Ki Jin Kim. The deal was brokered by Gerrans and Hu and Jason Ishikawa and Andrew Herwitz from The Film Sales Company on behalf of the filmmakers.

Strand’s current slate includes Peter Greenaway’s “Eisenstein in Guanajuato,” Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Cemetery of Splendor,” Catherine Corsini’s “Summertime” and Guillaume Nicloux’s “Valley of Love” with Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu.

Strand Release is prepping a theatrical release later this year.

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