By Indiewire | Indiewire February 1, 2008 at 11:56AM
Strand Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to Lee Kang-Sheng's "Help Me Eros" at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, sales company Fortissimo Films announced Friday. The film, about a stock broker who loses everything in a market crash and turns to the marijuana he grows in his closet for comfort, won the Grand Prize at the Gijon Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the Bangkok Film Festival. Additionally, Strand also acquired reissue rights to the controversial gay film "For a Lost Soldier" directed by Roeland Kerbosch, which it has been distributing for Fortissimo for a number of years. The film will be remastered and a special edition will be created. The deals were done between Fortissimo's co-chairman Wouter Barendrecht and Strand's co-president Marcus Hu. In other Fortissimo news, Kim Longinotto's "Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go" has been sold to a number of territories including Yle 2 (Finland), VRT (Belgium), IKON (Netherlands), NHK (Japan), Swedish Educational Channel (Sweden) and Noga (Israel). The deals were done by Fortissimo's SVP, TV and Ancillary Sales Catherine Le Clef. [Brian Brooks]"