Catherine Deneuve is to star in Olivier Dahan's Le Petit Poucet (Little Tom Thumb) with Elodie Bouchez and Romane Bohringer. The $12m fairy tale, which is currently in development at French production outfit La Chauve Souris (Dobermann), is one of the two major French films which Wild Bunch, the 'classics' division of Le StudioCanal, will start pre-selling in Cannes.

The outfit is also launching pre-sales on La Morsure de l'aube (Love Bites) a first film by Antoine de Caunes, which is to star Guillaume Canet and Aria Argento.

Wild Bunch, which launched at 1999 Mifed, has no less than three titles in the Cannes' main competition, including Eureka, by Japanese film-maker Aoyama Shinji, Korean film-maker's Chunhyang, and Takte Sian, a second film by 20 year-old iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf (The Apple).

The outfit is also handling a Directors' Fortnight title, Summer (aka Twenty Seven Missing Kisses) directed by Georgian Oscar-nominee and Camera d'Or winner Nana Djorjadze.