Celluloid Dreams Sells Cannes Contender 'Dheepan' Worldwide

By Goodfellow, Melanie | Screen International, May 15, 2015 | Go to article overview

Celluloid Dreams Sells Cannes Contender 'Dheepan' Worldwide


Goodfellow, Melanie, Screen International


Celluloid Dreams has closed more than 20 territories for Jacques Audiard's Dheepan ahead of its Competition screening next week.

Set against the backdrop of a down-at-heel Paris suburb, the film revolves around a Tamil freedom fighter, called Dheepan, who has fled the civil war raging in his native Sri Lanka only to be confronted by urban violence in his new life in the French capital.

In Europe, Celluloid has sold the film to Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Benelux (Lumière), Scandinavia (Triart), Italy (Cinema), Iceland (Greenlight), Greece (Seven), Former Yugoslavia (2i Film), Hungary (Cirko), Poland (Solopan), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Film Europe) andRomania (Independenta 97).

In Asia, it has been for Japan (Longride Inc.), South Korea (Green Narae), Hong Kong (Edko), China (DDDream).

Elsewhere, it has also sold to Latin America (California), Australia and New Zealand (Transmission), Middle East (Front Row) and Israel (United King).

As previously announced, it has also been picked up for the UK (Studi°Canal), (France) UGC and the US (Sundance Selects).

Written by Audiard and respected screenwriter Noé Debré, the film is produced by Pascal Caucheteux and Grégoire Sorlat of Why Not Productions.

Wild Bunch, which is co-selling the title, is currently working on deals to Germany, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Taiwan and India. …

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