Gael Bernal Garcia and Marine Vacth are set to co-star in French Joan Chemla’s film noir If You See His Heart (Si Tu Voyais Son Coeur).

Gael Bernal Garcia

Bernal will play a gypsy, excluded from his community after the death of his best friend, who finds solace in the figure of Francine, played by Vacth.

The film is produced by Pierre Guyard at Paris-based Nord-Ouest, whose credits include Thomas Cailley’s Love at First Fight which swept the awards board at Directors’ Fortnight last year.

Guyard is also one of Screen’s Future Leaders this year.

Prolific Greek cinematographer and Theodoros Angelopoulos collaboratorYorgos Arvanitis is also attached to the production which is due to shoot early 2016.

“It a moving and hypnotic film noir in the vein of Takeshi Kitano or James Gray,” said Guyard, who is talking to potential distributors and co-producers in Cannes.

Chemla’s previous credits include the shorts Dr. Nazi, adapted from a short story by Charles Bukowski, and the 2012 The Man with the Golden Brain, in which Vacth had a role.

Vacth was previously in Cannes as the star of Francois Ozon’s Young & Beautiful in 2013.

Bernal was at the festival last year as a member of the Competition jury as well as for the Out of Competition premiere of Al Ardor in which he starred.