Fortissimo Filmshas boarded the as-yet-untitled new film from Todd Solondz, a companion pieceto his earlier break-through piece Happiness,and will commence pre-sales immediately in Cannes.

The film, knownas The New Todd Solondz Film, will be produced by Ted Hope (21 Grams), Mike Ryan and Derrick Tseng (Chasing Amy) with Fortissimo Films'co-chairmen Michael J Werner and Wouter Barendrecht serving as executiveproducers.

"My new movie isa kind of sequel to - or riff on - Happinessand to some extent Welcome To The Dollhouse," said Solondz.

"Many of thecharacters from these movies unexpectedly beckoned to me, and so I haveexplored new ways of developing and enlarging their stories, with the intent torecast them from a fresh perspective."

Fortissimo hasbeen expanding its involvement in English-language filmmaking in the US with titles such as John CameronMitchell's Shortbus, screening herein official selection, and The NightListener starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette.

The fast-growingcompany is also handling high-profile English-language titles from the UK, including Snow Cake and Nina's HeavenlyDelights, and Australia such as Look Both Ways and SuburbanMayhem both also screening in official selection here at Cannes.

The company has also recently secured a stringof sales to the US market including the sale of Seven Swords to The Weinstein Company, Candy to THINKFilm and Invisible Waves to Palm Pictures.