Busan: Asian Film Market Kicks Off With Host of Deals

Lee Hyo-won

Edko Films has bought Hong Kong distribution rights for the Spanish documentary Renzo Piano, An Architect for Santander, the Paris-based sales banner Wide House announced as the Asian Film Market kicked off on Saturday in Busan, South Korea.

The doc reflects on the relationship between film and architecture as it follows Renzo Piano, the esteemed Italian architect known for international landmarks such as the Pompidou Center in Paris. Director Carlos Saura documents Piano's work for the Botin Center for the Arts & Culture, from its foundation to its inauguration in Santander, northern Spain.

Edko Films has previously purchased Our Last Tango by German Kral from Wide House. The sales company also announced that a series of deals have been concluded for the U.S.-French doc I Am Not Your Negro. Since making its market premiere in Toronto last month, the Raoul Peck film has been sold to the Netherlands (Cinema Delicatessen) and Brazil (Imovision), while deals are in progress for the United Kingdom, Australia, Scandinavian territories and Italy.

Denmark-based LevelK announced that the Slovakian-Czech film The Teacher, which made its Asian premiere at the 21st Busan Film Festival this week, has sold to some 50 territories since its debut at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in July, including Turkey (Sinema TV); Australia and New Zealand (Palace Films), France and Switzerland (Bodega Films); the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg (Four Corners/September Film); Lev Films (Israel); Satine Films (Italy); Spain (Karma Films); Taiwan (Catchplay); and Hong Kong (Encore Inflight).

Directed by Jan Hrebek, The Teacher is set in 1980s Slovakia. School administrators and parents take risks to turn against a corrupt new teacher in spite of her powerful political connections with the ruling communist party.

The Asian Film Market, held in conjunction with the Busan International Film Festival, continues through Oct. 11.

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