Bjoerg Veland's BV International Pictures is to handle international sales on Tony Vitale's urban thriller One Last Ride which begins shooting in Los Angeles on January 25.

Produced by director Ang Lee, Germany's Christian Arnold-Beutel of MagicWorx, US producer John Kelly, and Patrick Cupo who adapted his own stage play for the screenplay, One Last Ride is billed as 'Kiss Of Death meets Rounders - an emotionally gripping, yet humorous story about a man fighting against self-destruction of compulsive gambling.'

The cast features Cupo himself as well as Chris Penn, Anita Barone, Robert Davi, Charles Durning and Brenda Vaccaro.

According to Arnold-Beutel, a teaser will be shown at the forthcoming AFM, with the market launch proper planned for Cannes in May.

BVIP is also handling sales on another MagicWorx production, the live-action family entertainment feature film The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus, which is set to begin shooting this year with Mark Byrne of What's The Story - the UK production company of casting directors John and Ros Hubbard -, and Joel T.Smith of US based Burzee Inc. as production partners.