‘City’ teams up Gullane, Xstream

Pic looks at gang wars in Sao Paulo

Brazil’s Gullane Filmes, producers of Berlin competition player “The Year My Parents Went on Vacation,” has teamed with Hong Kong/Beijing’s Xstream Pictures to produce suspenser-actioner “Plastic City,” a film by Nelson Yu Lik-wai.

Pic turns on the gang wars between Chinese and Japanese triads and Brazilian mafias for the biggest slice of Sao Paulo’s black market and prostitution rackets.

A director and d.p, Yu’s 1999 “Love Will Tear Us Apart” played in Competition at Cannes; his “All Tomorrow’s Parties” was selected for Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2003.

Xstream partners are Yu, Chow Jeung and helmer Jia Zhangke, whose “Still Life” won the Golden Lion at Venice last year.

Run by Ciao and Fabiano Gullane, Gullane Filmes’ production credits include Lais Bodanzky’s “Brainstorm” and Hector Babenco’s Cannes competition player “Carandiru,” co-produced with Sony Pictures Classics.

“Having begun as line producers, and then become producers of Brazilian films, we are now beginning to produce international directors,” Fabiano Gullane said at Berlin.

A pioneering Brazil-China co-production, “Plastic City” is skedded to shoot in November and December. Gullane is lead producer. Crew will feature many technician regulars on Wong Kar-wai’s films, Gullane said. Yu and Fernando Bonassi (“Carandiru”) are writing the screenplay.

Gullane has also linked with Italy’s Classic and RAI Cinema to take a minority stake on Italo-Argentine Marco Bechis’ “Birdwatchers,” set against the background of the extinction of the native Kaiowa on the border between Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. Pic will shoot this summer.

Gullane also has films in development by Bodanzky (“Mano”) and Walter Carvahlo (“Brincante, starring Antonio Nobrega).

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