Leading Canadian helmer Denys Arcand has left his longtime producer Roger Frappier and inked a deal with Toronto-based Alliance Communications Corp. to make his next pic. Arcand is working on the script for the movie, which will be lensed in English and produced by Alliance.

The co-producer on the project will be Denise Robert from Montreal’s Cinemaginaire.

Arcand’s latest film, “Love and Human Remains,” was well received at this year’s Toronto Festival of Festivals and is set for a North American release in April or May. The pic, Arcand’s first English feature, was produced by Frappier’s Montreal-based Max Films; Max still hasn’t signed with a U.S. distributor.

Arcand is best known for “The Decline of the American Empire” and “Jesus of Montreal,” which were both nominated for Academy Awards and generated boffo box office in Canada and several foreign territories. The two French-lingo pix were co-produced by Frappier.

“We have been wooing Denys Arcand to work with Alliance for many years,” Alliance topper Robert Lantos said. “Naturally, we are delighted that he and Denise Robert have now joined the Alliance family. Denys Arcand is Canada’s preeminent feature film director.”

Neither Arcand nor Frappier could be reached for comment Wednesday.

Alliance veepee Pauline Couture called the deal “the beginning of a long-term relationship.”

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