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Celluloid Dreams plays its jokers

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- A line-up including two films in competition at Critics’ Week, a screening paying tribute to André Téchiné, and the upcoming features by Sébastien Marnier and Martin Sulik

Celluloid Dreams plays its jokers
Golden Years by André Téchiné

The gamble taken by French international sales company Celluloid Dreams on young filmmakers should pay off at the Film Market of the 70th Cannes Film Festival (being held from 17 to 28 May), as Hengameh Panahi and Frédérique Rouault’s team will be pushing a line-up featuring two debut features which have been selected in competition for Critics’ Week: La familia [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Venezuelan director Gustavo Rondón Córdova, and German-Austrian animation Tehran Taboo [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Ali Soozandeh
film profile
]
by Ali Soozandeh (which will be distributed in France by ARP Sélection and in Germany by Camino). The latter is already generating buzz, both for the very fact that it has been selected (an animated film in competition at Critics’ Week is a rare event) and because of its subject matter, as it follows the trajectories of three determined women and a musician who cross paths in a schizophrenic Iranian capital, where sex, adultery, corruption, prostitution and drugs co-exist alongside very strict religious law, and where slaloming between taboos has become a truly everyday sport.

The line-up of Celluloid Dreams also features Golden Years [+see also:
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]
 by André Téchiné (starring Céline Sallette and Pierre Deladonchamps)which will be screened in the Official Selection as a special tribute screening in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, and will be released in France on 13 September by ARP Sélection.

At the market, Celluloid Dreams will kick off pre-sales for School Out, the second feature by Sébastien Marnier after Faultless [+see also:
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, filming on which is set to start in June with Laurent Lafitte (Elle [+see also:
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) and Emmanuelle Bercot (who won the performance award at Cannes for My King [+see also:
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) in a story about a teacher who replaces a colleague who committed suicide at work, and senses widespread hostility from the students in the year nine class he takes over.

Also featuring in the line-up is The Interpreter by Slovak director Martin Sulik (see news article), heralding the return of the filmmaker after his highly acclaimed Gypsy [+see also:
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in 2011, the screenplay of which revolves, against the backdrop of the resurgence of a Nazi past, around the question of whether it’s harder to be the son of a killer or that of a victim. Currently being filmed, the film stars Austrian actor Peter Simonischek (Toni Erdmann [+see also:
film review
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Q&A: Maren Ade
film profile
]
) and Czech actor Jiri Menzel.

Five market premieres reserved for buyers also feature in the line-up. They are The Sower by French director Marine Francen (see article), Custody [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Xavier Legrand
film profile
]
by her fellow countryman Xavier Legrand, German film Tiger Milk by Ute Wieland, Emma by Italian filmmaker Silvio Soldini, and American title Person to Person by Dustin Guy Defa, which had its premiere at Sundance.

The line-up also features French animation Mutafukaz by the duo Run - Shojiro Nishimi which is set to be screened at the next Annecy Film Festival, and, as far as films currently in post-production go, Ravens by Swedish director Jens Assur, One of These Days by Lebanese filmmaker Nadim Tabet, Lean on Pete by Brit Andrew Haigh (sales of which are being shared with The Bureau Sales), Valley of Shadows [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen
film profile
]
by Norwegian director Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen, and Outrage Coda by famous Japanese director Takeshi Kitano.

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