Deal was closed Sunday at Ventana Sur
BUENOS AIRES – Two burgeoning Latin American production forces, Bossa Nova Films and Montevideo’s Salado Media will team to produce relationship drama “Primavera” (Spring).Deal was closed Sunday at Ventana Sur by Bossa Nova’s Denise Gomez and Paula Cosenza and Salado’s Mariana Secco. Bossa Nova will take 80% equity in “Spring,” Salado 20%. “Spring” is scripted by Brazilian helmer Luis Villaca (“The Story of Me”) and his regular writing partner, Jose Roberto Torero. When Brazilian financing is consolidated, the partners will explore the possibility of a third co-producer, most probably based out of Europe, Cosenza said in Buenos Aires. “Spring” is based on a novella written by famed Uruguayan writer Mario Benedetti, which he finished in 1982. Set in the early ’80s, when much of Latin America was under dictatorship, “Spring” explores the emotional consequences of incarceration and exile. It turns on a Uruguayan political prisoner, his Brazilian wife who lives in exile in Argentina with their daughter and his father, and a close male friend of the couple. “Benedetti talks about a very important moment in Latin American history, describing people’s souls,” Villaca said at Ventana Sur. Set in Brazil and Argentina, “Spring” is skedded to roll early 2012, shooting in Spanish largely on multiple locations in Uruguay and Brazil for studio work. The budget is around Reais 5 million ($3 million), Cosenza said. “Luis Villaca’s screenplay places Brazil in Latin America and has a story which is common to all Latin American countries,” Cosenza said. “I loved Luis Villaca’s ‘Story’ and with Spring he adapts a work by Uruguay’s Mario Benedetti,” Secco added, explaining her participation.