Uruguay-Spain co-prod'n follows 'Bad Day'
GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Producer Mariana Secco and writer-director Alvaro Brechner, two key figures in Uruguay’s burgeoning production scene, are teaming on “Kaplan.”Brechner’s followup to “Bad Day to Go Fishing,” his debut feature, the project turns on Kaplan, a 70 year old, who, as old age sets in, attempts to bring to justice a former Nazi who now runs a restaurant outside Montevideo. Attending Mexico’s Guadalajara Film Festival, Secco said “Kaplan” turns on a quixotic figure who sets out to achieve something in his life. The pic was “a fable with dramatic and comic touches,” she added, rather like “Bad Day.” Based on his grandparents’ experiences, “Kaplan” is written by Brechner with input from actor-writer Gary Piquer, who won best actor at the 2009 Mar del Plata festival for his perf in “Bad Day.” “Kaplan” will use many of “Bad Day’s” key technicians, including cinematographer Alvaro Gutierrez. Presented at the 7th Ibero-American Co-Production Forum, which kicked off Sunday, “Kaplan” was initially developed at the Berlin festival’s Nipkow Program and the Torino Film Lab. It will now be put through this May’s Cinefondation Atelier, another development workshop, before returning to the Torino Film Lab. Board prexy of Uruguay’s producers org Asoprod, Secco (“La Cascara”) will exec produce and Brechner produce out of Spain’s Baobab Films and Uruguay’s Expresso Films. It pulled down a development grant from Spain’s Icaa Film Institute. Secco is in advanced talks with Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre at Paris’ Mact Prods. (“Lemon Tree”) and Berlin’s Razor Film (“The Future”) to structure “Kaplan” as a Spain-Uruguay-France-Germany co-production. Pic is skedded to shoot early next year in Montevideo and its nearby seaboard. A Western-esque tale about a two-bit hustler and an ageing strongman set in a one-horse Uruguayan town, “Bad Day” world preemed at Cannes 2009 Critics’ Week. Sold by Bavaria Film Intl., “Bad Day” was Uruguay’s Academy Award entry. It was acquired by Film Movement for U.S. DVD and VOD distribution. UPI released the pic theatrically in France March 23. Guadalajara’s Co-Prod’n Forum runs Sunday through Tuesday.