Celluloid Dreams has picked up sales right on Directors' Fortnight title Lan Yu, by Hong Kong film-maker Stanley Kwan (The Island Tales). The pick-up takes Celluloid's haul of Cannes festival this year to an astonishing eleven.
Lan Yu is a gay-themed melodrama based on the anonymous Internet novel Beijing Story. Set in Beijing at the time of the Tianamen Square, the novel was the first open exploration of gay loves and lives in mainland China and was hugely popular among the country's underground gay community.
Along with Lan Yu, art-house specialist Celluloid's 2001 Cannes wide-ranging slate of films from the official selection includes three other Asian titles: Shinji Aoyama's Desert Moon (main competition), Masahiro Kobayashi's The Man Who Walked On Snow (Un Certain Regard) and Hsiao Ya-Chuan's Mirror Image (Directors' Fortnight).