'Babel' star set for Pampa Films project

BUENOS AIRES — Adriana Barraza, an Oscar nominee for “Babel,” has signed to star in “Azucena, 375 dias,” a film based on the life of a human rights activist murdered during Argentina’s 1976-83 military dictatorship.

Pampa Films will begin lensing the $2.5 million film in September, with Disney-backed Patagonik Film Group in line to partner, said Pampa prexy Pablo Bossi.

The Mexican actress will play Azucena Villaflor de Vicenti, a founder of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, a group of Argentine mothers that has fought since the dictatorship to recover children kidnapped during the so-called Dirty War.

Villaflor’s son and daughter-in-law were taken; she pleaded for their return but was taken, tortured and reportedly thrown from a plane to her death.

Aida Bortnik, author of Oscar winner “The Official Story,” is writing the script. Raul Rodriguez Peila (“Peligrosa obsesion”) will direct, with shooting set for Buenos Aires.

Pampa is in post-production on “La Senal,” a project that Argentine helmer-scribe Eduardo Mignogna (“The Escape”) had in pre-production when he died last year.

Argentine thesp Ricardo Darin (“Nine Queens”) made his directing debut with the $2.2 million film, co-produced by Patagonik and Spain’s Wanda Films. Disney’s Buena Vista Intl. is distributing in Latin America, with a release set for the first half of September in Buenos Aires.

Pampa will follow “Azucena” with “Enloqueciendonos,” a comedy starring Argentine TV actress Florencia Pena.

Bossi, a founder and former prexy of Patagonik, early this year set up Pampa with Spain’s Filmax Entertainment and Argentine helmer-producer Juan Pablo Buscarini (“The Hairy Tooth Fairy”).

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