Cuban thesp Perugorria set to helm

Filmes, Euroficcion to produce 'Sapato'

CANNES — Cuba’s hottest young actor, Jorge Perugorria (“Strawberries and Chocolate,” “Estorvo”), will make his directorial debut co-helming the upcoming “Viva Sapato,” a Spanish-language screwball comedy that follows the parallel lives of a Cuban woman and her niece, whose marriage is on the rocks.

The $1.8 million “Viva Sapato” will be co-directed by Brazilian Luiz Carlos Lacerda, a friend of Perugorria’s from the time Lacerda studied at the San Antonio Film School in Cuba.

A Brazil-Spain-Argentina co-production from Iafa Britz’s Total Filmes, part of Brazil’s 5-Plus Consortium, and Spain’s Euroficcion, “Sapato” will shoot late this year. International sales will be handled by Kevin William’s Madrid-based KWA.

The action in “Sapato” flits between Cuba and Brazil. “Sapato will be a first step to gain experience as a director. I think I’ll learn a lot from Luiz Carlos,” said Perugorria, who will also star in the film.

“Our idea is to explore what Brazil and Cuba have in common, their sense of music, their humor, their near-pathological optimism,” producer Britz added.

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