Former Ciby 2000 executiveJean-Francois Fonlupt's Emotion Pictures is teaming with Blue Eyes Productions for The Sea, the nexteffort from 101 Reykjavikdirector Baltasar Kormakur.

Eric Lagesse, head of Flach Pyramide International, whorecently picked up the film for global sales enthuses, 'It'ssomething hot from a cold place!'

Indeed, the film is anIceland-set project that combines 'a very particular humor, strength andintimacy that you don't see every day,' continues Lagesse.Co-produced by Kormakur's Blue Eyes Productions, the $2.4m film iscurrently in post-production and should be ready for Cannes where Lagesse hopesit will find a competition berth. Emotion Pictures is pairing with FPI for thefirst time for the low budget picture.

Fonlupt produced1999's Simpatico and thehotly-touted Harvey Keitel starring vehicle Ginostra, both of which were handled by StudioCanal.

Pyramide Films willdistribute The Sea in France anddeals have also been finalized by FPI for Italy (Lady Film), Finland (CinemaMondo), Switzerland (Xenix), Belgium (Cine Arts), Holland (A Films) and Israel(Shani).