French sales house Celluloid Dreams has expanded itsEnglish-language slate with a pair of powerful acquisitions.
It has grabbed international rights on Savage Grace, one of the hottest US indie projects of the moment,and Good, a feature adaptation ofC P Taylor's acclaimed play about an otherwise moral professor whoformulates Hitler's Final Solution. Good will shoot on location in Berlin this summer.
Savage Grace is thefirst film made by Tom Kalin since his gay classic Swoon in 1992. An adaptation of the Pulitzer-prize winningnovel, it stars Julianne Moore as a poor woman who marries into the ultra-richBaekland family. The dysfunctional family, the inventors of Bakelite, descendinto sexual obsession and murder.
Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler are producing for KillerFilms, producers of Moore-starrrer Far From Heaven. When the $12m film was unveiled last year it wasset up at Arclight Films with the UK's Tartan Films co-financing. JohnSloss' Cinetic Media is handling North America.
Celluloid has also boarded Good, by Denmark's Italian For Beginners and Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself director Lone Scherfig. John Wrathall'sscreenplay tells the story of the vacillating John Halder, a sensitive,neurotic professor sucked into the Third Reich after writing a treatise on thesocial benefits of euthanasia. The filmmakers will recreate Auschwitz in theirportrayal of how Halder fails to recognise the mounting evil around him.
The cast is headed by Jason Isaacs and Sophia Myles. Thefilm is co-produced by the UK's Tailor-Made Films and Axiom Films andGermany's Studio Hamburg International Production and will shoot inBerlin this summer.
Celluloid Dreams kicked off the EFM by signing a trio ofhigh profile deals on another English-language title Me You And Everyone WeKnew. The whimsical comedy won a prize fororiginality at last month's Sundance festival. In the UK it was bought byOptimum Releasing, in Australia by Icon and in France by MK2. It was directedby Miranda July and stars July, John Hawkes , Miles Thompson and BrandonRatcliffe.