France's Pyramide group plans to co-produce a collection of six films by some of the hottest young directors in the greater China market, with Peggy Chiao's Taiwan-based Arc Light Films.
The six films - two each by directors from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong - are all contemporary tales but with themes that range from a story of generational conflict and immigrant tales to one about the flirty tactics employed by Taiwan's street hawkers.
The six include: Chinese director Wang Xiao Shai's The Bicycle and Taiwanese director Lin Chen Sheng's Betelnut Beauty - which are likely to be the two first to roll - Xia Zhang Ke's Looking For You, Hou Hsiao Ming's After, Yu Li K Wai's People Exchange and Ye Chi Chen's Blue Gate.
The films will be produced on budgets of under $600,000 and world sales in each case are being handled by Pyramide sister company, Flach Pyramide International.
"It is a new step for small companies, not part of big groups, to be working with foreign countries and with young directors. And these are all top talents," said Anne Devauchelle, head of Pyramide Productions.