Argentinian filmmaker to explore northern region

Carlos Sorin, one of Argentina’s best-known international auteurs  (“Minimal Stories,” “Bombon, el Perro,” “The Road to San Diego”), will direct “Agua que brilla” (Shining Water), a chronicle of an old man’s last day of life in which he awaits for the arrival of his son.

Lead will be played by Uruguayan novelist Antonio Larreta, who co-wrote the screenplay of Mario Camus Cannes winner “The Holy Innocents.” 

“Water” marks a departure for Sorin as it’s not set in Patagonia but, rather, takes place in a lake region in northern Argentina and mostly unfolds within a house. The drama, a 50-50 co-production of Jose Maria Morales’ Wanda Vision and Sorin’s own Guacamole Films, will begin shooting in March.

Continuing its large role in Argentine art-film production, Wanda teamed with Luis Puenzo’s Buenos Aires-based Historias Cinematograficas to produce “El nino pez,” the sophomore effort of Lucia Puenzo after the successful Wanda-backed “XXY,” a teen-hermaphrodite drama that won Cannes’ Critics Week prize and  foreign Spanish-language kudo at the Spanish Academy Goya Awards this past Sunday.

According to Morales, “Pez” turns on a “love story between two girls, which involves another person.”

“The film’s a thriller. The director’s a great writer with breakout potential,” he added.

“Pez” will roll in Argentina and Paraguay, with some usage of the Guarani language, he added. Pic will close French and Italian co-production deals, Morales said.

Wanda has just started shooting “La teta asustada,” the second film by Claudia Llosa (“Made in USA”). Co-produced with Vela and Antonio Chavarrias’ Oberon Cinematografica, the film deals with a timid 20-year-old girl facing big-city life in Lima while caring for her mother, from whom she appears to have inherited a fear of life.

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