Kim Basinger has just started shooting Danish director Anders Morgenthaler’s English-language drama Petit. The actress plays Maria, a successful career woman who cannot have children. Seeking out her dream child, she bribes Petit, a troubled dwarf in desperate straits who helps her track down a rumored prostitution ring near the Czech border where infants are being sold. There she becomes entangled in a dark world of abuse and brutality. Peter Stormare, Jordan Prentice (In Bruges, Mirror, Mirror) and German actors Sebastian Schipper and Sophie Rois also star.

Morgenthaler’s debut was the animated feature Princess which opened Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2006. His other credits include 2007’s Echo and 2009’s The Apple And The Worm. Oscar winner Basinger just wrapped Warner Bros.’ Grudge Match and also features in Paul Haggis’ Third Person. She’s repped by Oren Segal at Radius Entertainment and by attorney John LaViolette.

TrustNordisk has international sales on the film that’s set for local release next year. Marie Gade Denessen and Julie Lind-Holm are producing Petit for Zentropa Entertainments32 in co-production with Maria Köpf for Zentropa Entertainments Berlin, Jamila Wenske and Sol Bondy for One Two Films. Exec producers are Peter Aalbæk Jensen for Zentropa and Peter Nadermann for Network Movie in cooperation with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel/Arte, Film i Väst, Morgenthaler Office, Copenhagen Bombay, Viking Brothers Entertainment and TV2/Denmark.