Celluloid Dreams grabs Venice titles

Both Venice competition films set in Brazil

PARIS -- Celluloid Dreams has added two Venice competition titles to its slate: "Birdwatchers," from Italian helmer Marco Bechis, and Yu Lik-Wai's "Plastic City," the first Brazilian/Chinese/Japanese co-production, the Paris-based sales company said Monday.

Set in Brazil, "Birdwatchers" tells of a rebellion by natives against wealthy landowners. "Plastic" -- also set in Brazil, this time Sao Paulo -- involves gangsters in a futuristic multiethnic neighborhood with the world's largest Japanese immigrant community.

The films join Takeshi Kitano's "Achilles and the Tortoise" on Celluloid Dreams' Venice slate.