Fernando Spiner to direct Argentine Western

Joining a growing posse of overseas oaters, Argentina’s Boya Films and Spain’s KV Entertainment will produce “Aballay,” a “gaucho Western” set on the Argentine Pampa in the early 1800s.

The Western is co-written and directed by Boya owner and film director Fernando Spiner (“Goodbye Dear Moon”), adapting a short story of the same title by Antonio di Benedetto. Santiago Hadida and Javier Diment co-write. Pablo Cedron (“The Appeared”) will play the titular character and Alex Angulo (“The Day of the Beast”) a priest.

Shooting will begin in April.

According to producer Eduardo Carneros of KV Entertainment, “Aballay” will be heavily backed by Argentina’s Incaa Film Institute as part of the country’s 200th-anni independence celebrations in 2010.

As in other recent additions to the oater oeuvre (think Kim Ji-Woon’s “The Good the Bad the Weird), “Aballay” brings a distinctive dose of local color.

Its background is the world of 19th century Argentine cowboys — gauchos — who herded cattle across the vast Pampa grasslands and scrub desert.

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