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Busan: Closing Film ‘Mountain Cry’ Picked up by Fortissimo
26/08/2015
Author: Patrick Frater

“Mountain Cry,” which is set as the closing title of the upcoming Busan film festival, will be handled in international markets by Hong Kong- and Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films.

The Larry Yang-directed picture is the first of the initial slate of five films to be completed under a production partnership between Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and China’s powerful production giant, Hairun Pictures. It was produced by Ellen Eliasoph and Victoria Hon, with Yanming Liu and Greg Basser as executive producers.

After the violent death of her husband in a scenic mountain village, a mysterious mute widow is assigned a man to provide for her and her children. As they develop a bond, they discover her dark story and her ability to tell it. The film stars Lang Yueting and Wang Ziyi.

Following the world premiere out of competition in Busan on Oct. 10, the film will be jointly released by VRPA and Hairun in China next year. VRPA will retain the rights for Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, where it has its own distribution and exhibition affiliates.

In other territories Fortissimo will begin pre-sales from next week’s Venice festival and market. It will also screen at the American Film Market.

Yang previously directed “Sorry I Love You” and “Nana”.

VRPA’s upcoming slate with Hairun Pictures includes: “Hide And Seek,” a licensed remake of the 2013 Korean suspense thriller of the same title; “My Other Home,” a biopic of basketball star Stephon Marbury in which Marbury will play himself; and a yet-to-be announced remake of a 2013 Hollywood police thriller. Both “Hide And Seek” and “My Other Home” will begin filming in the second or third quarter of 2016.

As a project, the film was pitched at last year’s Beijing International Film Festival ‘Pitch & Catch’ event.

- Variety