Trapero dances Pol-ka

First project due for release in 2003

BUENOS AIRES — In an effort to diversify its repertoire beyond big-budget films, Argentina’s Pol-ka Producciones has signed a deal to co-produce new movie projects from Argentine independent helmer Pablo Trapero.

Pol-ka, run by Adrian Suar and Fernando Blanco and 30% owned by Argentine media conglomerate Grupo Clarin, will produce the films with the helmer’s outfit Matanza Cine.

The first project, currently being scripted by Trapero, is due for release in 2003.

As part of the pact, Pol-ka will promote the Sept. 29 domestic release of Trapero’s second film “El Bonarense,” the tale of a naive locksmith who joins a corrupt police force in Buenos Aires.

Pol-ka wants to pact with other independent directors for new projects, and has held talks with Lucrecia Martel, who screened her freshman pic “La Cienaga” (The Swamp) to critical acclaim in 2001.

As well as the Trapero film, Pol-ka will co-produce and release in 2003 Campanella’s next feature, set to be called “La Luna de Avellaneda,” and a comedy starring Pol-ka’s Suar.

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