Magazine article Screen International

Fortissimo Mines Black Coal Sales

Magazine article Screen International

Fortissimo Mines Black Coal Sales

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Berlinale Golden Bear winner picked up by territories throughout Europe.

Fortissimo Films has completed further sales deals for Black Coal, Thin Ice, which picked up Golden and Silver Bears at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.

Germany indie distributor Weltkino has acquired the film for Germany, Austria and German speaking Switzerland, while further deals were secured for Italy (Movies Inspired); Greece (Seven Films); and Turkey (Yeni Bir). Emphasis has picked up global airline rights.

These are on top of a number of previously announced sales including Hong Kong, where Edko releases theatrically on May 15, and France where Memento Films releases in early June.

Directed by Diao Yinan, the film tells the story of Zhang (Liao Fan) a former detective who, while investigating a series of murders, falls in love with a mysterious woman (Gwei Lun Mei) with a link to all the victims.

Fortissimo's Hong Kong genre hit Rigor Mortis, which will have a multi-city North American theatrical release in early June thru WellGo, was licensed to Metrodome for the UK with a theatrical release planned this autumn.

The film recently took the Silver Raven Prize at the Brussels International Film Festival, and was chosen as the Best Asian Film by the 2014 Singapore Entertainment Awards. …

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