Start-up Toronto production company January Films has signedSerbian director Srdjan Dragojevic (Pretty Village, Pretty Flame) to direct After, a post- World War II dark comedy abouta trio of concentration camp survivors suddenly set loose in war-ravaged Germany.

Based on a novel by Melvin Jules Bukiet, with a screenplay byAngus Fraser (Kissed),the $7m project is slated to start shooting in March 2006. January's JuliaRosenberg will produce. A Canada-UK-Serbian co-production partnership isexpected to be finalized at Cannes.

Rosenberg, who set up January earlier this year, was formerly head ofproduction and development at Robert Lantos' Serendipity Point Films.

Dragojevic's most recent film, We're No Angels 2 (Mi Nismo Andjeli 2) has enjoyed success at home in Serbia and is screening inthe Marche.