Telefilm Canada has greenlit six French-language feature film projects, including France-Canada coproduction Instinct De Mort, directed by Jean-Francois Richet and starring Vincent Cassel, Gerard Depardieu and Roy Dupuis; and Belgium-France-Canada coproduction Un Ange A La Mer.

Instinct De Mort (Mesrine) partners French producer Thomas Langmann of Paris production house La Petite Reine and a Canadian minority partner, Montreal-based Remstar Productions chief Maxime Remillard. Written by Abdel Raouf Dafri and directed by Richet, the film moves from 1960s Paris to early 1970s Canada following the extraordinary criminal path of notorious criminal Jacques Mesrine (Cassel).

A Canadian minority coproduction, Un Ange A La Mer teams Franco Dragone of Belgium's Dragon Films with Thierry Afalou of France's Comic Strip Productions and Barbara Shrier of Montreal-based Palomar Films. Written and to be directed by first-timer Frederic Dumont, the story follows a ten-year-old resident of a Moroccan village who discovers a secret which cannot be shared.

Second time feature director Patrice Sauve will shoot Grande Ourse - La Cle Des Possibles for Les productions Point de mire and producers Andre Monette and Jean-Francois Mercier. The screenplay, by Frederic Ouellette, is based on a popular local television series about a journalist who travels through a parallel universe seeking the 'key of the possible.' Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm will distribute.

Debut filmmaker Sophie Lorain will direct Le Voleur, a comic romantic tale of a recently widowed, fifty-something social worker torn between accepting and rejecting the advances of a man young enough to be her son. Michel-Marc Bourhcard has adaptated the stage play 'Les Grandes Chaleurs' for producers Christian Larouche and Pierre Gendron of Zoo Films and Velocity International's Valerie Bissonnette. Christal will distribute.

Philippe Gagnon returns with Dans Une Galaxie Pres De Chez Vous 2, the sequel to the hit film that launched the space craft Romano Fafard on its adventure to find a planet habitable for humans. Zone 3's Diane England produces. The screenplay is from Pierre-Yves Bernard and Claude Legault. TVA distributes.

Also debuting is writer-director Simon Lavoie with Le Deserteur for Real Chabot's Les Films du boulevard. The story is based on true events during the Quebec conscription crisis of 1942. TVA is distributing.

'Our choices have gone to a diverse array of films that spans genre, suspense, romantic comedy, comedy and drama,' said Michel Pradier, director, French Operations and Quebec Office. 'I am especially pleased to see new talent in the lineup with first films.'

The agency said 25 submissions vyed for the $5.4m (C$5.8m) funding round. In the 2006-2007 fiscal year, Telefilm invested $13m in 14 projects through the selective component of the Canada Feature Film Fund.