'Bride' helmer preps working-class pic

BUENOS AIRES — Argentine helmer-scribe Juan Jose Campanella is preparing “La luna de avellaneda” (The Moon of Avellaneda), his first feature since his foreign-lingo Oscar nominee “The Son of the Bride” in 2001.

Argentina’s Pol-ka Producciones and Jempsa will produce the $1.5 million project based on a screenplay by Campanella, Fernando Castets (who together co-wrote “Bride”) and Juan Pablo Domenech.

“Luna” follows working-class folk struggling to keep a social and sports club afloat on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Campanella is in talks with production outfits in Spain to co-produce.

Ricardo Darin, who starred in “Bride” and most recently in Marcelo Pineyro’s “Kamchatka” — Argentina’s foreign-language Oscar submission for this year — has signed on for the lead.

The other protagonists are Eduardo Blanco, who played a supporting role in “Bride,” and Mercedes Moran, who had a lead part in Lucrecia Martel’s 2001 “La Cienaga” (The Swamp).

Campanella plans to lense from August to October in Buenos Aires, and release the pic in March or April 2004.

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