Celluloid Dreams has signedto handle international theatrical sales on Drawing Restraint 9, from Cremaster Cycle director Matthew Barney and all international rightson Eric Caravaca's Le Passager.
Celluloid managing directorCharlotte Mickie told Screendaily.com that the company has already locked adeal on DR9 with Australia'sAccent and is considering offers for Japan, Germany, France and Spain. JohnSloss' Cinetic Media is brokering a North American deal.
Barney also stars in hisopulent sculpture-themed opus alongside pop diva Bjork, who provides thesoundtrack. The film world premieres at Venice in the Orizzonti programme andwill make its North American bow in the Visions programme at Toronto.
Passager, which features Caravaca alongside Julie Depardieu,follows a man's return to his hometown preceding the arrival of the body of hisrecently deceased brother. No one else in the town, including his girlfriend,knows the brother is dead. The film screens in Venice's Critics Week.
Celluloid is also handlinginternational sales on Laurent Cantent's Venice competitor Heading South (Vers Le Sud), starring Charlotte Rampling and Louise Portal.
A coproduction of France'sHaut et Court and Canada's Seville Productions, it was pre-sold to Mikado(Italy), Cineart (Belgium), A Film (Netherlands), Frenetic (Switzerland),Audiovisual (Greece), Atalanta (Portugal), Maywin (Russia).
Set in 1980s Haiti, thestory follows three female tourists seeking sensual adventure who findthemselves embroiled in the upheaval that marked the last days of the regime of'Baby Doc' Duvalier.
Heading South is also playing in Toronto, where it makes its NorthAmerican premiere, and at San Sebastian, where it screens in the Perlasprogramme.
Writer-director Cantet'sprevious credits include critics' favourites Time Out and Human Resources.