American film co-produced by Koreans competing in Venice

By Claire Lee
  • Published : Sept 5, 2013 - 20:06
  • Updated : Sept 8, 2013 - 10:40
An American eco-thriller coproduced by Koreans has been included in the main competition lineup of the ongoing Venice International Film Festival.

Titled “Night Moves,” the film stars American actress Dakota Fanning and actor Jesse Eisenberg in the lead roles. Directed by Kelly Reichardt, it tells the story of three young radical environmentalists who come together and plot to blow up a hydroelectric dam.

Two Korean producers, Kim Sae-rom and Kim Sae-mi, participated in the production process of the film, with the former listed as executive producer.

The sisters have been working at Maybach Film Productions, an independent film production company and investment group based in Beverly Hills, California.

“Mother of George,” another film they co-produced this year, won the cinematography award at Sundance Film Festival in January. In 2012, the Kims coproduced independent film “Starlet,” which starred Ernest Hemingway’s great-granddaughter Dree Hemingway. 
Actress Dakota Fanning stars in “Night Moves.” (Venice International Film Festival)

The Venice International Film Festival closes on Saturday with the awards ceremony to announce the winners of the top prizes. Aside from being included in the competition lineup at Venice, “Night Moves” has been invited to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival.

Maybach Film Productions opened their branch office in Seoul in January this year. The sisters seek to collaborate with Korean film houses and producers, according to Maybach Film Productions Korea.

By Claire Lee (dyc@heraldcorp.com)