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Primer Plano ups local distribution

Company takes Argentine rights to 'Hermanos'

MADRID — Pascual Condito’s Primer Plano is firing up domestic distribution, taking Argentine theatrical and DVD rights to Daniel Burman’s “Dos hermanos.”

The deal, marking Primer Plano’s return to handling high-profile local titles, reps “the most important step this company’s taken in the last five to six years,” Condito said.

Rolling Monday, the $1.3 million “Dos hermanos” is based on “Villa Laura,” the first novel by Sergio Dubcovsky, a writer/journalist/teacher in Buenos Aires. The novel was released in 2005.

“It is the first time that I am not working on my own material,” Burman said. “This is a film that is less inward looking for me.”

Produced by DB Cine, “Hermanos” toplines Graciela Borges (“The Hands”) and Antonio Gasalla (“Esperando la carroza”), both seasoned actors in Argentina, who play two ageing siblings who can’t live with or without each other. They’re brought together after the death of their mother, who leaves them a big house to share in a small village.

“Hermanos” will contain plenty of “humor and emotion,” said Burman. “There’s always time to change relationships. It’s never too late to have a vision of being a family.”

A bastion of Argentine cinema this decade, as a producer, distributor and international sales agent, Primer Plano is also driving once more into the distribution of international titles in Argentina. Laurent Cantet’s “The Class,” Primer Plano’s biggest hit last year, took 80,000 admissions, Condito said.

Condito is also upping the ante on production at CreandoCine, the shingle he launched in 2005 with Guillermo Szelske and Jose Condito.

CreandoCine’s fourth production, “Juntos para siempre” (Together Forever), marks the directorial debut of Pablo Solarz, who achieved fame writing Carlos Sorin’s minimalist 2002 tale “Minimal Stories” and Juan Taratuto’s box office hits “Who Says It’s Easy?” and “A Boyfriend for My Wife.”

A bitter relationship comedy, “Forever” turns on Gross, a distinguished Argentine scripter who’s so engrossed in his fictional worlds that he begins to lose his grip on reality. He also loses his wife.

Budgeted at $800,000, “Forever,” which Solarz also wrote, stars Argentine thesps Peto Menahem, who toplined Solarz’s 25-minute medium-feature “El loro,” Malena Solda (“Nueces para el amor”) and Florencia Pena (“Disputas”).

It began shooting in Argentina Oct. 12, associate produced by Pablo Bossi’s Pampa Films and Sudestada Cine.

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