Powerhouse French sellerCelluloid Dreams has enjoyed a muscular start to the autumn AFM with strongsales in the US and Japan.
It closed the last majorterritory on Francois Ozon's Venice competition title 5x2 when it closeda US sale with THINKfilm. The company will open it stateside in spring,2005 "What 5 X 2 has in spades is Ozon'spatented blend of emotion, eroticism, wit and wisdom'in short, all thequalities that have made him one of the brightest lights in contemporary worldcinema" , said to head of US theatrical, Mark Urman.
Celluloid also closed its first deal on Factotum, BentHamer's English-language drama, with a pre-sale to Japan's Longride. The filmstarring Matt Dillon and Marisa Tomei, is based on the life of cult writerCharles Bukowski and is currently in post-production. It should be delivered bylate Spring.
Japanese horror film Marebito, which kicked off strongly inToronto, notched further sales in Greece with Audiovisuales, Canada withSeville Pictures and in Taiwan with Power.
The UK's expanding Tartan Films was also quick to snap up anotherJapanese picture Sai Yoichi's Blood And Bone. Tartan boughtUK and US rights to the Beat Takashi-starring picture about a Japanese man who cannot escape his past. which screenson Sunday. At Toronto Tartan did the UK-US double on Marebito.
Celluloid scored a deal with fellow French company when it sold TheTake, Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein's film about the occupation of anArgentinian car parts factory, to MK2.