Celluloid Dreams picks up ‘Khastegi’

Iranian film tackles transgender issues

MADRID — Celluloid Dreams has acquired worldwide rights to “Khastegi” (Sex My Life), the debut feature from Iranian theater director Bahman Motamedian.

Playing in Venice Film Festival’s Horizons section, “Sex” (also known as “Tedium”) portrays seven transsexuals living in modern day Tehran.

Mixing docu and staged fiction, pic shows their battle for acceptance by their families, their contending with strict Islamic precepts and such ironies as religious authorities’ acceptance of sex change operations as a lesser evil than homosexuality.

Pic was a late addition to Venice’s lineup, reportedly because of censorship problems.

“The film is fascinating not only because of its rare and extremely human subject matter, but also thanks to the way Motamedian uses dramatization within the framework of a documentary to create a real transgenre film,” said Celluloid Dreams’ Alessandro Raja.

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