Romantic comedy is set in world of professional poker players

BUENOS AIRES — Daniel Burman, director of 2004 Berlin winner “Lost Embrace,” is prepping romantic comedy “All In.”

Set in the world of professional poker players, the pic is about a man trying to recover an old love after a failed marriage.

Jorge Drexler, who won an Oscar for his original song in “The Motorcycle Diaries,” will debut as an actor, starring with Valeria Bertucelli (“A Boyfriend for my Wife”) and supported by Norma Aleandro (“The Official Story”) and Luis Brandoni (“Felicitas”).

Lensing starts in June in Buenos Aires and Rosario, home to South America’s biggest casino, for a February 2012 release.

Burman wrote the screenplay with novelist Sergio Dubcovsky, who partnered on Burman’s previous film, sibling-rivalry dramedy “Brother and Sister.”

With a $1.5 million budget, “All In” is the largest for Burman and Diego Dubcovsky at their production house DB Cine, due to the 25% annual inflation rate in Argentina, and the cost of music rights and shooting scenes from actual poker events, Burman told Variety.

Telefe Cine has boarded as an associate, a tie-up that brings ad and media coverage over the Telefe TV network.

Burman doesn’t plan to bring on other partners, a strategy he calls “riskier,” but allowing for more control over the project.

BD Cine recently wrapped Juan Minujin’s “Vaquero” (Cowboy), a $500,000 comedy about a disgruntled actor, and took on Hernan Goldfrid’s legal thriller “Thesis on a Homicide” in a first partnership with Haddock Films, a co-producer of Juan Jose Campanella’s 2010 Oscar-winner “The Secret in Their Eyes.”

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