Elizabeth Redleaf and Christine Kunewa Walker's fledgling US production and finance company Werc Werk Works is putting together the international drama The Turin Horse that Hungarian film-maker Bela Tarr will direct.

Werc Werk Works is collaborating with Hungary's T T Filmmuhely, France's Movie Partners In Motion FILM, Swiss producer Vega Film AG and German outfit Zero Fiction Film.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in Hungary in November on the story of a rural man and his daughter whose way of life is threatened when their working horse enters his final days. It will be shot in the Hungarian language.

Tarr co-wrote the screenplay with Laszlo Krasznahorkai and the key cast features Miroslav Krobot, Erika Bok and Volker Spengler. Werc Werk Works CEO Redleaf and production president Walker are producing with Mike S Ryan.

'It is a huge privilege to be working with Bela Tarr given his powerful and important influence on film-makers around the world,' Redleaf said. 'We were drawn to the intellectual aspects of The Turin Horse from the first presentation and felt compelled to support this great director in realising his latest film, which may well be his final contribution to the world of cinema.'

Werc Werk Works recently announced that it is financing and producing Todd Solondz's companion piece to Happiness, due to commence shooting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, imminently.

Werc Werk Works launched in August to make high calibre, story-driven films with wide appeal. The company aims to produce three to four films a year.