EXCLUSIVE: Montreal–based producers Pierre Even and Marie-Claude Poulin are back in business with Kim Nguyen after their collaboration on this year’s Canadian Oscar nominee War Witch.

The Item 7 principals are putting together Origin Of The World as an international co-production and are out to casting with an eye on a first quarter 2014 start.

French-Canadian Nguyen will direct from his screenplay, which is conceived as a triptych and centres on the plight of women in India, the Middle East and North America.

Congo-set War Witch (Rebelle) earned a best foreign language Oscar nomination earlier this year and won 10 Canadian Genie awards including best film, director and screenplay as well as actress for Rachel Mwanza.

Films Distribution handled international sales and Mongrel Media distributed in Canada.