CATEGORIES Drama, Independent, Romance, Deals, Distribution, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, CinematicalThe festival has definitely stopped, yet news about deals keeps rolling out. Gina Kim's Never Forever did not even play at the Toronto International Film Festival, but a North American distribution deal was closed there. (And they say Toronto doesn't have a film market!) Prime Entertainment is representing the film for international sales and they came to an agreement with Arts Alliance America, formerly Hart Sharp Video, according to Variety.
Never Forever stars Vera Farmiga (Down to the Bone, The Departed). As Monika Bartyzel told us previously, Farmiga's character "is trying to have a child with her husband (David McInnis), but he is sterile. Distraught, he tries to kill himself and she goes a different route -- she finds an illegal immigrant [Ha Jeong-woo] and offers him a job in an attempt to save her marriage and have a baby." The "job" is to have sex with her until she conceives. Everything is complicated because Farmiga is Caucasian, her husband is Korean-American and the immigrant is Korean.
The film debuted at Sundance earlier this year. Writing in indieWIRE, Anthony Kaufman praised the camera work and subject matter ("the rarely observed attraction between an American woman and an Asian man"), but criticized McInnis' performance and the story's descent into "broad overreaching melodrama." Adam Hartzell of Koreanfilm.org had much the same reaction, though he was more positive. On the mixed-race romance, he wrote: "U.S. media rarely shows me what I see on the streets of San Francisco every day." He also commented on the fascinating depiction of "the intricate flows from node to node of the network that makes up the Korean-American community." Prime Entertainment and Arts Alliance America plan to jointly distribute Never Forever in the first quarter of 2008.