Gallic co. nabs semi-autobiographical drama

HOLLYWOOD — Paris-based Celluloid Dreams has acquired international sales rights to helmer Guy Maddin’s black-and-white, comedy-horror pic “Brand Upon the Brain!,” which will world preem Sept. 8 as a special presentation at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

The silent, semi-autobiographical drama concerns a 12-year-old boy and his teenage sister in a lighthouse/orphanage presided over by his mysterious and malevolent mother and father.

When new parents discover head wounds on their adopted children, it sparks a probe that leads everyone into the darkest regions of revelation and repression.

Celluloid Dreams VP Charlotte Mickie brokered the deal with executive producer Gregg Lachow of the Film Co.

Pic is for Celluloid Dream’s new Celluloid Nightmares label.

“The mandate of the label is to find extraordinary scary movies by directors with an original and fresh take on genre cinema, and with ‘Brand’ we’ve succeeded perfectly in our mission,” Mickie said.

“Brand” is produced by Amy Jacobson and Gregg Lachow, and executive produced by Jody Shapiro, Philip Wohlstetter and A.J. Epstein.

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