Paris-based sales andproduction outfit Celluloid Dreams is to handle sales on Camera D'Or winnerNaomi Kawase's new feature, provisionally titled Mogari No Mori. The film, in post-production and likely to be vyingfor a place in official selection in Cannes, is about an old man saying goodbyeto his dead widow. This old man copes with his grief by writing letters to hisdead wife. Celluloid Dreams is co-producing the film with Kawase.
Mogari No Mori joins another new Asian project on the Celluloidslate: Triangle, which is beingco-directed by three cult Hong Kong directors: Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam &Johnnie To.
The new project will have anunusual narrative structure, with the three directors working in relay. TsuiHark will begin the film for Ringo Lam to take the same characters and develophis own plot, the mantle will then be handed to Johnnie To to conclude thestory. The idea is that each director will bring his own distinctive style tothe film.
Meanwhile Celluloid Dreamshas closed a couple of high profile deals with Hollywood studios. ParamountPictures bought France, UK and Spain on Bille August's Goodbye Bafana and Sony Pictures Entertainment bought UK rights toAustralian mockumentary Razzle Dazzle.
Goodbye Bafana, directed by Bille August and starring DennisHaysbert, Joseph Fiennes and Diane Kruger, is a South Africa-set drama aboutNelson Mandela's relationship with his white prison guard. The deal wasnegotiated by the studio with Celluloid and co-producer Ilann Girard of Arsam.
The Razzle Dazzle deal was negotiated by Charlotte Mickie forCelluloid with Scott Shooman, director of acquisitions, and Michael Helfand,vice president of business affairs, for SPE.
Razzle Dazzle is set in the world of children's dance troupes andwas directed by Darren Ashton.
Celluloid recently soldMichael Haneke's remake of his own classic Funny Games to Warner Bros for North America, France, Spain andAustralia.