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Minarro boards ‘Girimunho’

Dezenove, Eddie Saeta seal first co-prod'n

Spanish production company Eddie Saeta is teaming with Brazil’s Dezenove Som e Imagem to produce “Girimunho” (Swirl), the feature debut of directorial duo Clarissa Campolina and Helvecio Marins Jr.

“Girimunho” is co-produced by Brazil’s Teja from a screenplay by Felipe Braganca.

Set in a semi-deserted village in Brazil’s arid North-Eastern highlands, pic’s central characters are two women in their 80s, a faith healer and a drum player.

“Girimunho” portrays their beliefs, wisdom and humanity as the impact of new technologies, such as cell phones, means that their world will soon be forgotten.

Supported by the Rotterdam Film Festival’s Hubert Bals Fund, the Brazilian pic, which began production July 3, has just pulled down a co-production grant from the Ibermedia fund.

Headed by Luis Minarro, Barcelona-based Eddie Saeta co-produced Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” and produced “The Mosquito Net,” which won Karlovy Vary’s top Crystal Globe this month.

Eddie Saeta is also teaming with Barcelona’s Getsemani Prods. to produce “Hollywood Talkies,” the feature debut of Oscar Perez.

Developed at Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra U., one of Spain’s main docu production hubs, “Talkies” has been pre-bought by Catalan pubcaster TV3 and paybox Canal Plus Spain.

Using reconstruction, the semi-fiction docu turns on Spanish actors who went to Hollywood in the early ’30s to make Spanish-language versions of films.

“They didn’t achieve anything. Dubbing finished the Spanish versions. They returned to Spain to a civil war and exile,” Minarro said.

Perez broke through with the medium-length feature “El sastre,” an immigrant tale set in Barcelona’s Raval district.

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