Animal de Luz co-pro a standout at Paris Project

PARIS — Buenos Aires-based producer Magma Cine is bringing Israel Adrian Caetano’s hitwoman thriller “Mala” (Evil Woman) onto the international market with a completed script and much of the €1.5 million ($2.1 million) financing in place.

Magma Cine, which last teamed with Caetano on “Francia,” is lead producing.

“Mala” is co-produced by Caetano and Mexico’s Animal de Luz, launched this year by Inna Payan, former director of production of Disney’s Miravista Mexico, and indie producer Rodrigo Milanesi.

Pic turns on a young woman abandoned by her boyfriend who kills men who exploit or abuse women.

Caetano is presenting the pic at this week’s Paris Project co-production forum, along with Magma founders and exec producers Juan Pablo Gugliotta and Nathalia Videla Pena.

Pic stars Argentine thesp Natalia Oreiro. Juan Palomino, Juana Viale, Barbara Mori and Juan Carlos Colombo are in advanced negotiations for other key roles.

Magma is searching for a European co-producer, preferably from France, as well as a Gallic distributor and a sales agent.

Magma has already received coin from Argentina’s Incaa national film board and private investors, and is seeking $214,755 to complete finance.

“France is a big launch-pad for festivals and international sales; there’s a lot of mutual respect and admiration between Argentina and France,” explained Videla Pena, adding that Magma had a successful partnership with Gaul’s Acrobates Films on “La Sangre Brota,” from Pablo Fendrik, Magma’s third co-founder.

Pic was one of Paris Project’s most buzzed-about titles.

“We chose to present ‘Evil Woman’ at Paris Project because our friend Victoria Galardi, who was here last year to pitch ‘Cerro Bayo,’ highly recommended it,” said Videla Pena.

The producer hopes to start lensing the film before the end of the year in Argentina for a spring 2012 delivery.

Considered a linchpin of Argentina’s New Wave, the Uruguay-born Caetano presented “Buenos Aires, 1977″ in competition at Cannes in 2006.

John Hopewell contributed to this article.

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