Watson, Giamatti join ARTE Cinema's 'Souls'


PARIS -- French cultural network ARTE's film production arm ARTE Cinema is heating up the Gallic film sector with new co-production "Cold Souls," ARTE said Tuesday.

The first feature from director Sophie Barthes, co-produced by Memento Films Production, stars Emily Watson and Paul Giamatti in this "dreamlike reflection on the human soul," ARTE said.

The film will start shooting in February between New York and Saint Petersburg.

ARTE Cinema has also invested in Malaysian filmmaker Tsai Ming Liang's "Visages" ("Faces"), co-produced with JBA Production. The film stars Maggie Cheung and Fanny Ardant in this "film within a film story" also starring Lee Kang-Sheng and Jean-Pierre Leaud. Filming will begin in Paris in September.