Flah writing script
British director Charles McDougall (“Sunday,” “Hillsborough”) is attached to direct “Cromanon.”
The factual drama reconstructs Argentina’s biggest non-natural tragedy: a fire at Buenos Aires’ Republica Cromanon nightclub on Dec. 30, 2004, that killed 194 people.
“Cromanon” is written by Argentinean Alejo Flah, who penned TV series “Vientos de agua,” by Oscar-nommed director Juan Jose Campanella (“The Son of the Bride”). Script is nearing completion.
“Cromanon” is the first feature production of Buenos Aires-based WoW, run by BBC documaker Ariel Piluso and partner Angie Mulhall, a former Channel 4 exec.
By Argentinean standards, pic’s budget, a below-the-line $3 million, is high.
Film has pulled down around 10% co-production financing from Sweden’s Film i Vast fund, which put up coin for many Lars von Trier films.
It can expect Incaa Argentine Film Institute aid. Pic is skedded to shoot in February, Piluso said.
Researched for two years, “Cromanon” follows a teen couple, two male buddies, a mother and a security guard before, during and after the fire.
McDougall’s “Sunday” was Emmy nommed; “Hillsborough” won three British Academy Awards, including pic; McDougall won an Emmy for the “Desperate Housewives” pilot.
Both were shot with British cinematographer Barry Ackroyd, d.p. on Ken Loach’s films and “United 93.”
“Actors are given freedom to move around the set without marks. All lighting is from outside the set’s windows. This is the style we are employing on ‘Cromanon,’ ” said McDougall.
“Cromanon” involves wider reflections.
“The film’s title is highly fitting: it’s Cro-Magnon that there were 3,000 people in a club with capacity for 1,000,” said Flah. “It’s also Cro-Magnon that the police were on the take, that the emergency exit door was padlocked, that people were throwing fireworks in an enclosed space.”