Spain's Alta Films is prepping feature film Novo with France's Celluloid Dreams, set to star heartthrob Eduardo Noriega in his first non Spanish-language role.

The $4-5m film, which will shoot in Paris beginning in August, is about a man whose memory problems get him in trouble with women. Jean-Pierre Limosin directs.

The move signals a step forward in Alta's long-gestating plans to grow its production efforts, particularly through European co-productions.

Alta is Spain's leading arthouse and original language film distributor. Recent pick-ups include Cannes entries La Chambre Des Oficiers and Tears Of The Black Tiger, Milcho Manchevsky's Dust, Peter Cattaneo's Lucky Break. The company also has a deal to acquire 7-8 titles per year from the UK's Film Four.