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Ocio, Diafragma team on Lira’s ‘America’

'Drama' continues to roll out sales

Chilean Matias Lira’s Productora Ocio is linking with Diafragma Fabrica de Peliculas, the Bogota shingle of producer Daniel Garcia and helmer Ruben Mendoza (“The Stoplight Society”), to produce “America,” Lira’s second film.

Diafragma has taken a 20% stake in “America.”

Meanwhile, Lira’s “Drama,” sold abroad by Carlos Hansen’s BF Distribution, Chile’s biggest indie distrib, has closed German-speaking Europe with Pro Fund Media.

Outplay has licensed France, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg, and Lap TV has taken Latin American pay TV rights.

A frontier-crossing road movie written by Natalia Cummins, associate producer on “Drama,” “America” turns on two 20-year-old Chilean friends who travel the Inca Trail by foot, train, buses and boats, even a stolen car transporter. Meeting a slightly older Colombian girl with strong indigenous roots, they learn home-truths about life, friendship, sex and Latin America.

“Beyond a love story, I’m portraying the idiosyncrasies of Latin America, tensions between countries,” Lira told Variety. “The Inca Trail was a dream to unite Latin America, but racism and differences between countries are growing.”

Ocio and Diafragma have pulled down a crucial Ibermedia co-production subsidy, covering 20% of “America’s” budget.

For Lira, Ibermedia funding “places the film on the market to carry out pre-sales, encourages private investors, and above all, helps to keep on raising Chilean government funding.”

“America” shoots March and April with a small core crew, adding local actors and crew from Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia, Lira said. The mixed nationalities facilitate further co-production financing.

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