BARCELONA– Claire Denis’ “High Life” and Sergei Loznitsa’s “A Gentle Creature” are among four feature titles that will receive co-production finance from Arte France Cinema (AFC)

The French film arm of Franco-German network Arte is also backing “Dilili a Paris,” the new toon feature from Michel Ocelot.

One of the foremost auteurs in contemporary Gallic cinema, Claire Denis (pictured), director of “Bastards” and Locarno Golden Leopard winner “Nenette and Boni,” will make her English-language debut with sci-fi movie “Life,” about a galactic journey beyond solar system. Screenplay is penned by the helmer and novelists Zadie Smith and Nick Laird. Cast of “Life” –Denis’ twelfth feature – includes Robert Pattinson (“Twilight”) and Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood.”) Project plays off consultancy input from French physicist and philosopher Aurelien Barrau. Danish-Icelandic sculptor Olafur Eliasson is also involved in “Life, which is produced by France’s Alcatraz Films, U.K.’s Apocalypse and Germany’s Pandora. Wild Bunch handles international sales.

AFC will also team with France’s Slot Machine, Germany’s Looks Film & TV, and Lithuania’s Studio Uljana Kim to co-produce the new project of Kiev-raised vet Sergei Loznitsa (“My Joy,” “Maidan”). Loznitsa third fiction feature “A Gentle Creature” is freely inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky’s short story of the same title, about a woman’s desperate search of her imprisoned husband, from whom she has no news.

AFC has also actively been backing animation for the last three years. Its new line-up Arte lineup includes “Dilili a Paris,” the next project from Michel Ocelot (“Princes and Princesses,” “Kirikou” trilogy). Budgeted at €6.9 million ($) “Dilili” turns on the discovery of the exciting 1900 Paris, enjoying its Belle Epoque, seen from the viewpoint of a girl from New-Caledonian who goes to Paris to solve a missing persons’ mystery.

“Dilili” is produced by Christophe Rossignon and Philip Boeffard at France’s Nord-Ouest Films, Ocelot’s company Studio O, Belgian shingle Artemis Productions, Germany’s Senator Film Produktion and Mars Films, which also distributes in France. Wild Bunch again has international sales rights. “Dilili” has pre-sold to pay TV group Orange Cinema Series and is scheduled for delivery in 2018.

Meanwhile, Yann Gonzalez’s “Un couteau dans le cœur,” from France’s CG Cinema, and Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet’s “La foret de Quinconces, produced by France’s Premier Film, also feature in the newly-announced AFC slate.

Nice-born Gonzalez is currently developing “Coeur” (A Knife into the Heart), his sophomore effort after “You And the Night.” “Coeur” is a reportedly passionate thriller set in the gay pornographic world of Paris of the 70’s. Vanessa Paradis (“Café de Flore”) will star.

Along with France’s Alfama Films Production, ACF will co-produce “La Forêt de Quinconces” (The Forest of Quincones), the directorial debut of Paris-born actor and four times Cesar-nominee Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet (“The Beautiful Person,” “The Princess of Montpensier”). “Foret” is contemporary fable of the sentiments, as defined by its helmer.  Pauline Caupenne, Amandine Truffy et Leprince-Ringuet play the main roles.