The Cercamon sales agency, based in France and Dubai, has acquired the international rights to the Chinese crime drama “Streetwise”, which will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, in the Un Certain Regard section. Before that, Cercamon released a trailer.
The film (aka “Gaey Wa’r”) is the first feature film by Na Jiazuo, a graduate of the Beijing Film Academy who had previously directed short films. This makes “Streetwise” a candidate for the Camera d’Or for Best Debut Film in one of the official and side sections of Cannes.
“Streetwise” was produced by Guan Hu, who set “The Eight Hundred” and “Mister Six” records, and has proven himself as a discoverer and supporter of new directorial talent.
The film is a detailed look at the life and plight of young people in China in the early 2000s who did not migrate to the big cities. A tough love story is also a film about possible change and redemption. The story follows a young man from a small town who becomes the henchman of a debt collector. Her life is complicated by a cold and distant parent-child relationship, and an ambiguous relationship with a young woman.
“Life on the streets can be difficult. But it can also be a stepping stone to the universe, ”Na said in a statement. It pits rough streetscapes and nightlife activities against verdant hills and rivers.
The production company The Seventh Art Pictures was co-founded by Guan Hu and actor Liang Jing. With credits including the television series ‘Candle in the Tomb’, it now extends to investment, development, production, distribution, artist management and training in film and television. .
Installed in the Riviera building at the next Cannes market, Cercamon also manages the worldwide sales of the Berlinale competition title “What do we see when we look at the sky?” and the Berlin Encounters film “The Girl and the Spider”. Its catalog also includes images in post-production: “Yuni”, by Indonesian artist Kamila Andini, and “Sisterhood”, by Dina Duma.