Strand Releasing closed a pair of pacts with Fortissimo at the American Film Market in Los Angeles, acquiring Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Syndromes of the Century" and Tsai Ming-liang's "I Don't Want to Sleep Alone." Both movies were commissioned as part of the City of Vienna's New Crowned Hope series celebrating the 250th birthday of Mozart (running November 14 - December 11, 2006) in Austria. The deal was negotiated by Strand Releasing's co-presidents Marcus Hu and Jon Gerrans and Fortissimo co-chairman Wouter Barendrecht. Both films will be released next year. [Eugene Hernandez]