Celluloid Dreams takes ‘Betrayal’

Kuras, Phrasavath co-direct pic

Paris-based sales company Celluloid Dreams has taken worldwide rights outside North America to “Nerakhoon” (The Betrayal) the directorial debut 23 years in the making of highly-regarded d.p. Ellen Kuras.

A three-time Sundance cinematography winner, renowned for her hand-held shooting style, Kuras has worked with Rebecca Miller (“Personal Velocity”), Martin Scorsese (“No Direction Home: Bob Dylan”), Julian Schnabel (“Lou Reed’s Berlin”), Spike Lee (“Summer of Sam”) and Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Be Kind, Rewind”).

Co-directed and edited by Thavisouk Phrasavath, “Betrayal” is narrated by Phrasavath, who tells stories about his mother’s and his own life in war-ravaged Laos and their experiences as immigrants in New York.

Kuras said: “The loss of innocence and the eroding of values in our society compelled me to tell this epic story about betrayal — how betrayal of one country to another begets betrayal to the very core of a family.

“The beauty of having filmed ‘The Betrayal’ over so many years is that the themes of philosophy, life and death are infinitely played out in this family drama in a way that only time can reveal,” she added.

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