Pascale Diot's Paris-based sales outfit Onoma announced yesterday that it has taken world rights to new $15 million gangster film Kalach, starring Gerard
Depardieu, Gerard Lanvin, Francois Berleand and Mathilde Seigner.

The film, which will shoot in France and Thailand, is directed by Yves Renier, an actor, writer and filmmaker who has appeared in such films as Roman Polanski's Frantic and Bertrand Blier's Merci La Vie. Onoma is partnering with Noe Productions on the project.

'It's a cop-gangster genre film,' commented Onoma's international sales executive Fabien Westerhoff. 'The idea of the film is to get into the world of the gangsters in a very realistic way and to understand the psychology of this underworld.'

The film is co-scripted by Frank Henry, a former bank robber himself. Depardieu plays Lopez, a cop on the track of Kalach (Lanvin).

All rights excluding France are available. Shooting is due to begin in early 2008, with delivery due by the end of 2008.