Paolo Branco's Gemini Filmswill begin sales on the latest film from author and director Paul Auster, TheInner Life Of Martin Frost, at Cannes next week, the company told

The Euros 3.5m project will beginshooting in mid-September in the US with casting to be confirmed.

The Portugese-USco-production is produced by Branco and Auster. Gemini has world rights to thefilm whose title character hails from Auster's novel The Book Of Illusions.

The fictional Frost is awell-known American writer who holes up in a borrowed house following thepublication of his latest novel. Upon waking in the house on his first day, heis shocked to find a strange woman in bed with him and she is just as surprisedto find him. He quickly falls for the beautiful and intelligent woman whobecomes more and more unattainable.

Auster's previous directorialefforts include Smoke, Blue In The Face and Lulu On The Bridge.

Also included in Gemini'sline up is are Michel Piccoli's short film C'est Pas Tout A Fait La Vie Don'tJ'Avais Reve which has a special screening in the official selection,Directors' Fortnight titles Seven Invisible Men by Sharunas Bartas andMarco Martins' Alice and Critics' Week pick Orlando Vargas byJuan Pittaluga.