'Carancho' helmer brings three features

Argentina’s Pablo Trapero has signed to produce three features and a documentary under his Matanza Cine banner, building on the box office success of his Cannes’ Un Certain Regard player “Carancho.”

The Buenos Aires outfit will begin with “Tarde,” the sophomore effort of Santiago Palavecino (“Otra vuelta”), about a car accident that shakes up a tranquil village in rural Argentina.

Trapero’s “Carancho” co-authors Alejandro Fadel, Martin Mauregui and Santiago Mitre are on board as scribes with Palavecino. It will be released in early 2011.

The second pic is “Caito,” the directing debut of actor Guillermo Pfening, who starred in Trapero’s “Nacido y criado” (Born and Bred).

“Caito” will build on Pfening’s docu-short about his little brother who can no longer walk because of muscular dystrophy. It will be released in late 2011.

The third project is “El punto oscuro,” the second film of Gabriel Medina of Biarritz-laurelled “The Paranoids.” The pic, which will be produced for release in late 2011 or early 2012, is about a teenager who goes to the foothills of the Andes to deal with his phobias.

The lineup comes on the back of a hot run by “Carancho,” which nabbed 9.8 million pesos ($2.5 million) in May and June to become the highest grossing Argentine film so far this year. “Carancho” has sold to France, Spain, the U.S. and other territories.

Matanza also has joined the Brazilian outfits Jaguar Prods. and Videofilms on the production of “Musica, filosofia e vinho,” a docu about Helio Jaguaribe, a statesman and intellectual whose ideas helped shape modern-day Brazil. It will lens this year.Trapero himself will direct four or five shorts this year and prepare his next film – still untitled — to lense next May and June.

He also is reading foreign scripts with the possibility of directing other’s material for the first time.

“I am at a stage where a lot of possibilities are opening up,” he said.

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