Salles, Machado team on ‘Quincas’

Pic is adapted from Amado novel

SAO PAULO — Walter Salles’ Rio de Janeiro-based VideoFilmes will reteam with Sergio Machado to produce the Brazilian writer-director’s next pic, an adaptation of Jorge Amado’s novel “A morte e a Morte de Quincas Berro D’Agua.”

The production renews a long relationship between Machado and VideoFilmes.

Salles and VideoFilmes producer Mauricio Andrade Ramos produced Machado’s feature film debut, Cannes 2005 Un Certain Regard player “Cidade Baixa” (Lower City), a co-production with Buena Onda.

First published in 1959 and seen as an example of Brazilian regionalism dosed with a touch of magic realism, Amado’s “Quincas” is a scathing put-down of the Brazilian upper crust and an uproarious comedy about a wake, as low-life friends of street bum Quincas take his corpse on one last trip round his favorite haunts in Brazil’s Bahia.

Machado is writing the screenplay. Pic will shoot mid-2008.

VideoFilmes will roll this month on “Linha de Passe,” which marks Salles’ return to Brazilian filmmaking after “Dark Water.” Co-directed with Daniela Thomas, with whom Salles co-helmed “Foreign Land,” pic follows four brothers as they criss-cross Sao Paulo looking for a break in life.

According to Andrade Ramos, Eduardo Valente has completed the screenplay for his feature film debut, “The Eye of the Storm,” which was written at the Cannes Residence program and is skedded to shoot early 2008 for VideoFilmes.

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