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Match Factory says Cut
By Patrick Frater
Wed, 17 August 2011, 17:58 PM (HKT)
Germany-based sales company The Match Factory GmbH has picked up international rights to Amir NADERI's film Cut カット (2011) (pictured). The Japan-set film will play in the upcoming Venice International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival and have its Asian premiere as a gala screening in the Busan International Film Festival 부산국제영화제 in October.
Cut tells the story of an obsessive young filmmaker who becomes a human punching bag to pay off the Yakuza loans that financed his films. It features two of Japan's most respected actors, NISHIJIMA Hidetoshi 西島秀俊 (Dolls Ｄｏｌｌｓ (2002)) and TOKIWA Takako 常盤貴子 (20th Century Boys ２０世紀少年 (2008)).
Cut is the first film produced by Tokyo Story a production company founded by Regis Arnaud, Eric Nyari, and Engin Yenidunya. It previously produced an adaptation of Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit, performed by actors of France's National Theater on a Noh stage in Tokyo.
"Naderi is back to Venice with a powerful film set in the world of the Yakuza. A homage to cinema, brilliantly performed," said Michael WEBER, MD of The Match Factory in a statement.
The Match Factory, which previously represented 2010 Cannes winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives ลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ (2010), is also handling Chinese director GUO Xiaolu 郭小櫓's upcoming UFO in Her Eyes (2011), which will debut in Toronto. Other Asian films in its catalogue include Tatsumi (2011), Kinatay (2009), A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2007) and The Drummer 戰・鼓 (2007).