HengamehPanahi, head of French sales powerhouse Celluloid Dreams, has confirmed theacquisition of Todd Solondz's upcoming Palindromes.

Panahi toldScreenDaily.com that the new film is almost complete and will be submitted tothe Venice Film Festival. The acquisition was made just before Cannes.

Along with Palindromes, Celluloid also acquiredrights outside the US and UK to Dig,Ondi Timoner's documentary grand jury prize winner at this year's Sundance.

The storyof two rock bands, The Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, - onesuccessful, the other doomed - Digwill be released in North America by Palm Pictures and in the UK by MetroTartan. During Cannes, sales were completed for Japan, Australia and Portugal.

Solondz's Palindromes stars Ellen Barkin andJennifer Jason Leigh along with a largely unknown cast. The film is describedas a "great concept" according to Panahi, who explains that the same role isplayed by several actors in the film which she also calls "Solondz's best movieever."

WhileCelluloid's international profile has been established for many years, thecompany has traditionally shied away from English-language pictures fromAmerican directors.

Panahicredits Charlotte Mickie, an Alliance Atlantis veteran who was brought on boardin March to ramp up North American activities, with the push towards boutiqueUS fare.

In all,Panahi, who resists divulging details about her sales, says this year's Canneswas the company's most successful.

Celluloidhad four films in competition and reportedly healthy sales on its entire slate.

FrancoisOzon's next film 5x2 sold outeverywhere with the US currently being negotiated. Competition films Nobody Knows, Tropical Malady and lastminute addition Mondovino created alot of interest according to Panahi who also said German competitor The Edukators had sold out worldwideexcept the US where a deal is about to be struck.