Leading French sales agent Celluloid Dreams hasadded to its Berlin slate, picking up two films from this year's Panoramasection.
FortyShades Of Blue won the dramatic competition at lastmonth's Sundance festival, while Hostage,by Constantine Giannaris, is based on a real-life bus hijack which took placein Greece.
Celluloid president, Hengameh Panahi said:"We screened Hostage just daysbefore Berlin and we were completely riveted. It is an incredible human andpolitical drama, funny, sad, suspenseful and beautifully made. The star,Stathis Papadopoulos, is an Albanian Marlon Brando - you can't take your eyesoff him."
Based on real events, it tells the story of ayoung Albanian who holds seven people to ransom on a bus in Thessaloniki. Thefilm was brought to Celluloid by producer Takis Veremis.
"FortyShades Of Blue is superb, perhaps the most delicate and precise treatmentof a love triangle that I have ever seen," said Panahi. "The viewer is rewardedagain and again with insights and special moments."
The film was brought to Celluloid by producer'srep Josh Braun of Submarine.
At Berlin, Celluloid is also representing competition films