Cinema Libre, Corsan ink co-prod'n deal

Will make three films a year together via new entity

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CANNES -- Los Angeles-based Cinema Libre Studio has struck a production partnership with Belgium-based Corsan to produce three feature films a year through new production entity Global Talent Laboratory.

The projects will focus on the work of new directors with fresh perspectives.

The first film, to begin production in November, is Philippe Diaz's "The Last Days of Karl Marx," a co–production between Paul Breuls' Corsan and Jean-Jacques Beineix's Cargo Films. Diaz, based in Los Angeles, is the founder of Cinema Libre.

Production responsibilities will be shared by Cargo's Carine Leblanc and Corsan's Catherine Vandeleene.

Two other projects will help launch Global Talent Lab: Robert Leroy will direct a film about the death penalty, based on his original screenplay "Toy Soldier," and a project about euthanasia, based on the screenplay "The Sacrifice," by Hope Perello.

Under the agreement, three projects budgeted at $1 million-$3 million each will be produced annually with financing, production and distribution responsibilities shared by Corsan and Cinema Libre. Distribution in the U.S. and Benelux territories will be handled by Cinema Libre and Corsan World Sales, respectively.