Asia Argento (“xXx,” “Land of the Dead”) and Melvil Poupaud (“Speed Racer,” “Laurence Anyways”) will star in French crime thriller “Stronger Than the Devil.”

The project will be pitched for the first time at the European Film Market, attached to the Berlin Film Festival, by All Rights Entertainment, the Hong Kong, Paris and Los Angeles-based film sales agency which has picked up the rights.

The picture, which heads into production later this month, is written and directed by Graham Guit (“Les Kidnappeurs,” “Hello, Goodbye”). The finished film is expected to be completed by the autumn.

Valentin, a man with a shady past but who is trying to turn over a new leaf, reunites with his estranged son Joseph and his son’s girlfriend Alice after years apart. But what seems at first like a heartwarming reunion, soon goes to hell as JP and Mila, nefarious acquaintances of Valentin, turn up with bloody plans.

Other cast includes Marine Vacth, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Raika Hazanavicius, Julia Chen and Harpo Guit.

Production is through Rock Stone Films. Certain French rights have been pre-sold to pay-TV group Canal Plus.

“I believe in the cathartic power of genre cinema, its ability to bring us face to face with our fears, our limitations, our boundaries,” said Guit. “My film will be brutal, for sure, but it will not be devoid of humour, and it will end on a note of ironic hope.”

All Rights, which has often represented animation titles, has two other new pickups.

It is representing completed Malaysian title “Extinction,” a family adventure-comedy, about a boy who is obsessed with superheroes. He embarks on an heroic rescue mission when he learns that an endangered forest tiger is being hunted. The film is directed by Behnoud Nekooei and produced by Nagic Picture Films (“Elephant King”).

The company is also representing rights to “Kai,” a Spanish-Peruvian comedy action adventure, that is now in pre-production. The film, about a girl who learns that she is the daughter of a shaman and decides to obtain some magic powers for herself, is jointly produced by Red Animation Studios and Radar Cartoons and is to be directed by Milton Guerrer, from a screenplay by Fernando Salem and Matias Goldberg.

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