PARIS– Safy Nebbou is set to direct Berenice Bejo (“The Past”), Laurent Lafitte (“On The Other Side Of The Tracks”), Gregory Gadebois (“The Returned”) and Sergio Castellitto (“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”) in the Italy-set psychological thriller “After The Storm” (“Apres la tempete”).

Based on Arthur Dreyfus’ novel “Belle famille,” the film will topline Bejo as a mother who can’t accept the accidental death of her five-year old son and instinctively hides his body. After the child is declared missing, the police launches a massive investigation that sparks a media frenzy, comforting the mother in her denial.

Philip Boeffard is producing at Paris-based Nord-Ouest, the well-established production outfit of Mathieu Kassovitz’ “La Haine” and “Rebellion,” Christian Carion’s “Merry Christmas” and Michel Ocelot’s “Tales Of The Night.”

“I envision ‘After The Storm’ as a contemporary tragedy that’s reminiscent of ‘Incendies’ by Denis Villeneuve in the way it explores visceral emotions and dives very deeply into the characters’ psyche,” said Boeffard, who co-founded the shingle with Christophe Rossignon and has recently gotten more involved in the artistic development of the company’s projects. “We’re aiming to make a local film that resonates with international audiences.”

Boeffard added that Nebbou’s inspiration for this pic range from Alfred Hitchcock to Paul Thomas Anderson.

Budgeted in the €6 million range, the film will either lense in Malta or in the South of France. The producers are currently looking for a distributor/sales agent to come on board.

The shingle’s slate also includes “Eternity,” directed Venice Golden Lion winner  Tran Anh Hung (“Cyclo”), also starring Bejo, along with Melanie Laurent (“Inglourious Basterds”) and Audrey Tautou(“The Da Vinci Code”).