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X Films picks up ‘Ulzhan’

Pic sold by Rezo

CANNES — Germany’s X Films has picked up Volker Schlondorf’s officially selected “Ulzhan,” being sold by France’s Rezo.

Among other deals on the pic, which will screen Monday, Arthouse Films, picked it up for the whole of Latin America.

Produced and distributed by Rezo, movie reunites Schlondorf with screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere and thesp David Bennent for the first time since “The Tin Drum,” which shared the Palme d’Or with “Apocalypse Now” in 1979.

“Ulzhan” is a road movie/love story starring Philippe Torreton, who goes on a long journey through Kazakhstan. Bennent plays a mysterious character trailing him.

For the red carpet screening Schlondorf, Torreton and co-star Ayanat Ksenbai, “Nomad”) had been hoping to ride up the red carpet on horseback. But the Cannes police nixed their plan.

However Rezo will host one of this Cannes more unusual-themed after-parties for Ulzhan, complete with giant Kazakh-style campfires and yurts.

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