EXCLUSIVE: U.S. arthouse buyer Film Movement has picked up North American rights to seven movies for its classics label, including John Woo’s first contemporary action film Heroes Shed No Tears (1984) and Viggo Mortensen starrer The Reflecting Skin (1990) by Philip Ridley (U.S. rights only).
Also new to the label are King Hu’s martial arts film The Fate Of Lee Khan (1973); Stanley Kwan’s Hong Kong New Wave drama Center Stage (1991), starring Maggie Cheung; biopic Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (1995) about the charismatic and influential anti-colonial writer and theorist; Véra Belmont’s baroque dramedy Marquise (1997), featuring Sophie Marceau in one of her first starring roles; and Gérard Corbiau’s Oscar-nominated lavish costume drama, Farinelli (1994).
Shed No Tears, Center Stage and The Fate Of Lee Khan were licensed from Fortune Star Media. Farinelli and Marquise came from Screenbound Pictures while The Reflecting Skin was picked up from Kaleidoscope (which reps The Works catalog). Frantz Fanon came from the BFI.
“This year, we’re putting a renewed focus on unearthing and acquiring a broader selection of both cult and arthouse cinema classics for Film Movement Classics,” said Film Movement chief Michael Rosenberg. “Each of these exceptional films check all the Film Movement Classics boxes, and warrants a resurrection for cineastes everywhere.”
Most of the acquisitions will have a limited theatrical run followed by digital and home releases, including on Film Movement’s new streaming service. Recent Film Movement acquisitions include Rafiki, Styx, The Third Wife and The Sower.