Helmer begins ‘Death Club’ drama

Dogma pic concerns four rich kids testing limits of death

James Merendino (“SLC Punk”) starts lensing this month the $1 million Buenos Aires-set drama “Death Club,” produced by Merendino’s Straight Edge Prods. and Sebastian Aloi’s Aeroplano Cine of Argentina.

The Dogma pic concerns four rich kids who, after the suicide of a friend, test the limits of death in order to feel alive.

“They attempt to experience life by experiencing the act of death, and it all spirals out of control,” Merendino, who is recording the soundtrack with local band Siga la flecha, told Daily Variety.

Argentina’s Dolores Fonzi ( “The Bottom of the Sea”) and France’s Geoffroy Lickel have signed on to star in the project, which will be mostly in Spanish.

“Death Club” will shoot for three weeks. Aim is to release it in the U.S. early next year.

Merendino said he’s impressed by Buenos Aires’ ample talent, well-equipped studios, wide variety of architecture and locations and low costs. “It is cheaper than Prague,” he added.

Upcoming for Merendino is the late-September release of “Amerikana,” a Dogma pic he helmed and co-produced with Lars von Trier’s Zentropa. He also directed “Evil Remains,” “Livers Ain’t Cheap” and “Magicians,” and he is preparing to direct a Dungeons & Dragons pic in Boston.

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