20th Century Fox Home Entertainment today announced the launch of Fox World Cinema, a new line of worldwide films, available on DVD, VOD and Digital Download later this year in the U.S. The initial slate is a selection of Korean, Chinese and Indian films, which were shown at Cannes, Toronto and venice Festivals. Korea’s “The Yellow Sea,” screening at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard program, the Chinese film “The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman,” India’s “Dum Maaro Dum” and Italy’s “Vallanzasca: Angel of Evil.” Following these first releases, the new label will release three to four new selections bi-annualy. Fox World Cinema is a partnership with Fox International Productions which produces, co-finances, acquires and distributes foreign language films in key markets.
“The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman” is directed by Chinese filmmaker Wu Ershan and presented by acclaimed director and producer Doug Liman, who was attracted to the film’s offbeat style and characters. The film presents the journey of a mystical blade as it passes through the hands of three ambitious men. The Chinese film “The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman”, premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival.
“Filmmakers around the world are creating provocative and entertaining films, many of which are rarely seen outside their native countries,” says Mary Daily, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “With FOX WORLD CINEMA, we are committed to introducing these films to passionate audiences in America that are eager to embrace a range of cultures and experiences.” Adds Sanford Panitch, President of Fox International Productions, “Fox has always championed films that transcend language and social differences. In recent years, American audiences have embraced successful foreign films such as Pan’s Labyrinth and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The universal themes represented with FOX WORLD CINEMA will be appreciated by film lovers everywhere.”
FOX WORLD CINEMA will exist in tandem with Fox International Productions (FIP). FIP focuses its efforts in several key territories to produce, co-finance, acquire and distribute foreign language films in key markets. Over the years, Twentieth Century Fox has played a major role in introducing some of the finest international films with themes to sophisticated audiences in the US. The studio’s legacy includes such commercially and critically acclaimed films as “Slumdog Millionaire”, “L’Auberge Espagnole”, “Lucia, Lucia”, “My Name Is Khan”, “La Misma Luna” and “The Last King of Scotland”, which demonstrates the impact of compelling international stories for a US audience.
SOURCE: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (6/05/2011)