Shingle to co-produce drama with Odisea

Spanish indie production house Aligator Producciones has added Latin America to its portfolio, backing “Pura sangre” (Pure Blood), the feature film debut of Argentine producer-turned-director Leo Ricciardi.

Aligator is advancing on a second project with Ricciardi.

An Aligator majority co-production with Ricciardi’s Odisea Films, the coming-of-age drama features Norma Aleandro, Oscar Alegre, Ana Fernandez and Maria Galiana.

Story chronicles generational family tensions, following a 9-year-old Spanish boy who loses his parents in a car crash and goes to live in Argentina with his blunt, cantankerous grandfather.

Sold internationally by Madrid-based sales consortium Latido, pic will have its market preem screening as a work-in-progress at the Cannes Film Festival.

Pursuing its bet on international co-productions, Aligator has two new projects in the works: The $3.7 million English-language war drama “Borderland,” structured as a Spain-Israel co-production, and the $1.8 million “Miss Argentina,” teaming with Spain’s 16:9 PC and again with Odisea.

Aligator broke through in the early ’90s producing mainstream local pics such as over-the-top comedy “El robobo de la jojoya.”

After changing its shareholders, company re-entered production last year with “20 Centimeters,” a transvestite comedy-musical picked up by TLA Releasing for North America.

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