EXCLUSIVE: New York-based arthouse distributor KimStim has acquired all North American rights to Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka’s third feature film, Stone wallwhich recently premiered in the Giornate Degli Autori section of this year’s Venice Film Festival.

Part of a trilogy that focuses on the struggles of young women in contemporary China, the Chinese-language film revolves around a woman’s journey facing an unplanned pregnancy in the hyper-competitive, TikTok-influenced world. of urban China.

The film’s cast is led by Yao Honggui and also includes Liu Long, Xiao Zilong, Huang Xiaoxiong, and Liu Gang. Wife-husband duo Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka have previously directed egg and stone and foolish birdalso with Yao Honggui.

After its premiere in Venice, Stone wall screened at the Toronto International Film Festival before moving to New York and BFI Film Festivals in London. KimStim plans to release the film in theaters in early 2023.

Stone wall is presented by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Collection (HKIFF Collection), a festival and distribution initiative under the industry arm of HKIFF.

The deal for North American rights was brokered by Ian Stimler of KimStim with collection representative Pearl Chan of Good Move Media.

Stone wall is a fascinating and sometimes overwhelming look at the overwhelming societal forces on young people in China, particularly in the areas of female bodily autonomy and economic opportunity,” said Stimler.