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Morena joins Ripstein’s ‘Carnaval’

Shingle offers international coin to production

Tightening its ties in Mexico, Spain’s Morena Films has joined “El carnaval de Sodom” (yes — it’s easily translated), which is billed as a moral farce and is helmed by Mexico’s best-known vet auteur Arturo Ripstein.

Produced by Morena, Miguel Necoechea in Mexico and Spain’s Galia, “Carnaval” is an ensemble comedy turning on a priest’s flailing attempts to lead a boycott of his local bordello.

Now in post, “Carnaval” is Morena’s second production with Mexico. It teamed last year with Mexico’s Buenaventura Films to greenlight Rodrigo Pla’s social thriller “La Zona,” about the inhabitants of a rich residential area who hunt kids from the city’s slums as a leisure pursuit.

In Mexico, Morena can bring much-needed international coin to an undercapitalized production sector.

Also, says Morena producer Alvaro Longoria, “There’s a lot of good talent in Mexico, and prices are low.”

Morena has tapped co-prod partners on another Latin American art genre pic, “Nocturna,” bringing in Antonio Chavarrias’ Oberon Cinematografica and Argentina’s Pensa & Rocca. Paco Cabeza’s chiller deb will star Javier Pereira and Ruth Diaz.

The Madrid-based producer is also prepping the Barcelona-set romantic comedy “Fiate de mi” from Chus Gutierrez (“El Calentito”), which shoots from July and is co-produced by Colombia’s Tucan; and Alvaro Fernandez-Armero’s offbeat southern Spain road movie “Blinkers,” a co-prod with Telecinco’s Estudios Picasso in Spain, which is being presented at the Berlin Co-Production Market.

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