Belgian director Geoffrey Enthoven’s dark comedy Winnipeg, will be an English language Canada/Belgium co-production

Mariano Vanhoof, Enthoven’s partner in his Ghent-based production house Fobic Films, signed a development and production deal with veteran Canadian producer Michael A. Dobbin of Quiet Revolution Pictures during the second edition of the Producers Lab Toronto (PLT) at this week’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Set in Belgium and Canada, Winnipeg is a twisted tale of a hotel owner from Bruges who heads to Canada to break the heart of his deceased twin brother’s wealthy flame with whom he had an affair on a cruise ship 20 years previously. Intent on seeking revenge on his dead brother who ran off with his wife, he soon uncovers that the Canadian heiress has her own menacing agenda.

The English-language project is being developed and packaged for production scheduled to begin during 2013.

Winnipeg will see Enthoven and Vanhoof reuniting with the screenwriter Pierre de Clercq who also wrote Enthoven’s latest feature Come As You Are which won three awards at the Montreal World Film Festival, including the Public Award and the Grand Prix des Amériques, and was opened theatrically in Flemish cinemas by Kinepolis Film Distribution (KFD) last Wednesday (Sep 14).

Meanwhile, Dobbin’s co-production of Endre Hules’ The Maiden Danced to Death had its international premiere at this week’s Oldenburg International Film Festival after premiering in Montreal last month.

PLT, which brought 12 European producers together with 12 Canadian counterparts to discuss potential collaborations, was organised by Hamburg-based European Film Promotion together with the Ontario Media Development Corporation and TIFF.