MADRID — Spanish sales consortium Latido Films has taken international rights on the Spain-Argentina co-production “Verano Amargo” (Pots and Pans), produced from Spain by the Madrid-based Urban Films and top Andalusian shingle Maestranza Films.
Helmed by Juan Carlos Desanzo (“El Polaquito”), “Pots” teams two highly popular Argentine thesps: Federico Luppi (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) and Gaston Pauls (“Nine Queens”).
Urban Films has also boarded Fernando Nogueira’s drama “Algo habran hecho” (They Must Have Done Something), toplining Dario Grandinetti (“Talk to Her”) and Pablo Echarri (“The Method”).
Set in December 2001 during Argentina’s run on the banks, popularly known as the “corralito,” “Pots” is based on the true story of Antonio Funes (Luppi), a retired orchestra conductor who held up his own bank, using a homemade grenade.
Argentine co-producers are Julio Bove and Oscar Azar’s Cinema Digital and San Luis Cine, which jointly have a majority stake in the project. “Pots” is also backed by the INCAA Argentinean film institute.
L.A.-based Bove and Fabiana Medici wrote the script, which has echoes of Al Pacino-starrer “Dog Day Afternoon,” Urban Films’ Horacio Urban told Daily Variety.
With a $1.6 million budget, shooting is scheduled for year end in Buenos Aires and San Luis.
Pascual Condito’s company Primer Plano has taken Latin American rights.
Sherlock Films will distribute “Pots” in Spain and Cinema Novo will handle Portugal. Latido is handling the rest of the world.
“They Must Have Done Something” turns on two French nuns who went missing, presumed dead, during Argentina’s military dictatorship.
Also structuring the film as an Spain-Argentina co-production, Urban has teamed with Spain’s Leyenda Films, IB Cinema and Karbo Vantas Ent. and Argentina’s Cabrejas Producciones and Azpeitia Cine.
With a Euros 1.2 million ($1.7 million) budget, “Something” is backed by the ICAA Spanish film institute, Catalan pubcaster TV3 and the Raices co-production fund.
Filming begins this fall, with locations in Buenos Aires and Paris.