Japan joins list of ‘5×2’ buyers

Dreams sells Ozon's project <I>sans</I> script

Indie sales company Celluloid Dreams has added Japan to some 10 countries that have taken distribution rights to Francois Ozon’s in production “5×2” — without a script.

Gaga Communications, which has distributed all of Ozon’s films in Japan, will distribute the new pic.

Celluloid is also handling international sales on another red hot project — French helmer Laurent Cantet’s “Heading South,” an English and French language pic about women’s sexual tourism in Haiti that will star two as yet unnamed U.S. actresses, and a European actress.

Forensic in New York is casting the pic.

Hengemeh Panahi, president of Celluloid dreams says: “The film is about the sexual misery of Western women vs. the economic misery of native people.”

Cantet scooped an armful of awards for his first film, “Human Resources.”

Paris-based Celluloid is celebrating its 10th anniversary in style at Cannes, with 12 pics — more than any other company — screening either in the main fest or its sidebars.

Celluloid has four pics in competition: Francois Ozon’s “Swimming Pool,” which receives its gala screening Sunday night, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Bright Future,” Alexander Sokurov’s “Father and Son” and Bertrand Bonello’s “Tiresia.”

The company also has two out-of-competition films, Sylvain Chomet’s animated feature “Belleville Rendezvous” and writer Gilles Marchand’s helming debut “Who Killed Bambi?,” plus four pics in Un Certain Regard, with one each in Directors Fortnight and Critics’ Week.

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