Arte France Cinema boards Dolan’s ‘Tom’

Net to co-produce Claire Denis' 'Bastards'

PARIS — Arte France Cinema, the film arm of the Franco-German net, will co-produce four pics, including “Tom a la ferme” from Canadian helmer Xavier Dolan.

“Ferme,” Dolan’s follow-up to Un Certain Regard player “Laurence Anyways,” is produced by MK2, which is set to distribute in France and handle international sales.

Dolan stars as an advertising exec who attends the funeral of his lover, and discovers that the mother of his late boyfriend doesn’t know of him, and isn’t aware that her son was gay.

Pic, which toplines Eric Bruneau (“Heartbeats”), Lise Roy (“The Barabarian Invasion”) and Evelyne Brochu (“Cafe de Flore”), will start shooting Oct. 15 in Canada.

Arte will also co-produce drama “The Bastards,” helmed by Claire Denis (“White Material”). Pic stars Vincent Lindon (“Mademoiselle Chambon”) and Chiara Mastroianni (“Beloved”), and is produced by Alcatraz Films. It is co-produced by Wild Bunch, which has taken French distribution and international sales rights.

Arte also has boarded Hiner Saleem’s “Aga,” starring Golshifteh Farahani (“Just Like a Woman”) as a school teacher in Iraq. “Aga” is produced by Agat Films & Cie; Memento Film Distribution will release the pic in France.

Arte will also co-produce Ritesh Batra’s Mumbai-set feature debut “Lunchbox,” produced by Asap Films. Batra’s “Cafe Regular, Cairo” won Tribeca’s special jury nod for narrative short.

The selection was supervised by Arte France Cinema topper Michel Reilhac, who will be replaced by former Locarno fest topper Olivier Pere in November.

The company co-produces approximately 20 films and three docus a year.

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