ARP's co-pros include 'Beauty,' 'Place'

PARIS — ARP Selection, one of Gaul’s leading distribution and co-production shingles, has acquired a raft of English-language indie pics, including Barry Levinson’s “The Bay” and J.C. Chandor’s Kevin Spacey starrer “Margin Call.”

A science-fiction suspenser, “The Bay” is set in a small Maryland town where an ecological disaster occurs. ARP will release it summer 2012.

“Margin Call,” whose cast also includes Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany and Demi Moore, will bow in Gaul in September.

Set on the eve of the 2008 economic collapse, the thriller is set behind the scenes at a Wall Street investment firm over a 36-hour period.

ARP co-produced and will distribute in France four films playing at Cannes: Julia Leigh’s feature debut “Sleeping Beauty” (set for a Nov. 16 Gallic release) and Sean Penn starrer “This Must Be The Place,” both set to unspool in Competition, “Days of Grace” in Midnight Screening and Critics’ Week player “Snowtown.”

Since launching ARP in 1991, toppers Michele Halberstadt and Laurent Petin have introduced many foreign indie filmmakers to Gallic auds, notably Wong Kar-Wai, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Atom Egoyan.

The Paris-based company’s 2010 roster boasts three Australian features, “Sleeping Beauty,” “Snowtown” and David Michod’s “Animal Kingdom,” which bowed in France on April 27.

“Australian filmmakers bring a singular tone, an unusual way of lensing and they tell stories that we haven’t heard before,” Halberstadt said. “They have a uniqueness that American independent films had 10 years ago.”

ARP’s production slate includes Sylvie Testud’s feature debut, “La Vie d’une autre,” a drama toplining Juliette Binoche and Mathieu Kassovitz.

Based on Frederique Deghelt’s novel, pic tells the tale of a young woman who falls in love, then wakes up a decade later, the mother of a young boy and on the verge of a divorce.

Pic is repped by Kinology, which will start pre-selling the film at Cannes.

Another ARP production, “Les Vieux cons” from thesp-turned-director Fred Proust, is a friendship comedy toplining Francois Berleand as an immature senior.

ARP is also a co-producer on Ari Folman’s “The Congress.”

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