Seoul-based sales organization Finecut has signed a series of deals for the latest films from South Korea’s most prolific author, Hong Sangsoo. Hong’s last, In our day, which premieres May 25 as the closing title of the Director’s Fortnight section at Cannes, has been sold to France (Capricci), Spain (L’Atalante Cinema) and Greece (Ama Films). The film follows a woman in her 40s who temporarily lives with a friend, and a man in his 70s who lives alone, both of whom have visitors with serious questions.
Hong’s second most recent feature film, In water, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, also did good business at the Marche du Film in Cannes. The film has been sold to France (Arizona Films Distribution), Spain (L’Atalante Cinema) and Taiwan (COLA FILMS), following its previous sale to The Cinema Guild for North America.
Finecut has also secured deals for three titles from young female Korean directors – July Jung’s Next Sohee (which premiered at Cannes Critics Week in 2022), Lee Sol-hui’s greenhouse and Lee Ji-eun’s The Hill of Secrets.
Sohee has gone to Australia (SBS), China (BlueMedia Times) and Spain (La Aventura Cine), following previous deals with France (Arizona), India (Pictureworks), Japan (Rights Cube), Taiwan (Sky Films) and Switzerland (Trigon movie). Released on April 5 in France, the film has been viewed more than 90,000 times.
Greenhouse, which won several awards at last year’s Busan Film Festival, has been sold to France (Art House Films), Japan (Mimosa Films) and Taiwan (AV-Jet). And Plaion Pictures took German-language rights to The Hill Of Secrets, which premiered in Berlin and was previously sold to Edko Films of Hong Kong and AV-Jet of Taiwan.