Carnevale to direct Aleph’s ‘Widows’

Producer Sokolowicz sets sights on Europe

HUELVA, Spain — Marcos Carnevale is attached to direct “Viudas” (Widows), which is set up at Fernando Sokolowicz’s Argentine production powerhouse Aleph Media.

Carnevale (“Make a Wish”) will direct from his own screenplay, co-written by Bernardita Pages.

Film toplines top actresses Graciela Borges (“The Hands”) and Valeria Bertuccelli (“A Boyfriend for My Wife”) as a wife and mistress forced to live together after the husband’s death. The drama, which looks at grief and reconciliation, will shoot February and is skedded for delivery August 2011.

Aleph will co-produce “Widows” with Buenos Aires-based Universidad Nacional de la Matanza and theater producer Hector Cavallero.

“Widows” can expect subsidy funding from Argentina’s INCAA film institute, Sokolowicz said at Spain’s Huelva Iberoamerican Festival.

Aleph is also presenting “I’ll Get My Cigarettes and Be Right Back, Darling” at the fest’s co-production forum, which runs Nov.18-20. The time travel drama is backed by a private investment from Eduardo Costantini, along with fellow Argentine producers Cinema Uno and Sabado. Pascual Condito’s Primer Plano Film Group has taken Argentine distribution rights.

Aleph is planning to expand on various fronts. One is international, a second animation.

For 2011, Aleph will seek to initiate production on two animation features and will be looking to Europe, including outside Spain, for co-production coin, Sokolowicz confirmed.

“Aleph is comfortable about looking to countries in Europe other than Spain. We are very optimistic about finding co-production partners for these projects.”

Aleph is teaming with Rome-based 39 Films on “Estela,” a life-drama detailing the struggle of Estela Carlotto to trace children born to those killed by the Argentine military in the 1970s. First-timer Nicolas Gil Lavedra is set to direct.

Aleph aims to build more bridges between Europe and Latin America. “Northern Europe presents a lot of opportunities for co-production and is something we’re very interested in,” Sokolowicz said.

The Huelva fest runs Nov. 13-20.

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