Israeli film-maker Amos Gitai - whose latest film, Kippur, was in competition at Cannes this year - will next direct an adaptation of Arthur Miller's novel Plain Girl: A Life.

The project marks a departure for Gitai who usually focuses on Israeli history and social issues. Kippur is set in the early 1970s during the war between Israel and Egypt and Syria. Gitai's previous feature, Kadosh, which was selected for Cannes in 1999, tells the story of two sisters who fall victim to an ultra-orthodox society.

Set in post-WWII America, Miller's novel tells the story of a young woman, the daughter of Jewish immigrants, who is seeking to assert herself and find a way out of an unhappy marriage. The English-language adaptation will be produced by French company Balenciaga.