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An overview of Argentine fare

An overview of Argentine fare, including projects for sale at Cannes, as well as those on the lips of Latin American producers back home:

LAS ACACIAS
Director: Pablo Giorgelli
Production: AireCine, Utopica Cine, Armonika Entertainment
The Pitch: A lonely trucker gives a lift to a woman with an infant. They travel silently from Asuncion to Buenos Aires, yet neither wants the journey to end. Film screens in Cannes Critics’ Week.

ALL IN
Director: Daniel Burman
Production: BD Cine
The Pitch: Fest- and audience-laurelled director Burman (whose “Lost Embrace” won Berlin) tackles a poker-tinged romantic comedy about a man trying to recover an old love after a failed marriage.

ATLANTIDA
Director: Ines Barrionuevo
Production: Oruga Films
The Pitch: Two teen sisters discover and define their sensuality over the course of a hot, stormy day. Project won a first prize Raymundo Gleyzer development award from Argentina’s state film institute.

DICTABLANDA
Director: Alejandro Agresti
Production: Pampa Films, New Crime Prods
The Pitch: Agresti returns to Argentina after making Sandra Bullock-starrer “The Lake House” to direct John Cusack in a comedy of manners about two American tourists in Buenos Aires.

EVERYONE HAS A PLAN
Director: Ana Piterbarg
Production: Haddock Films, Tornasol Films
The Pitch: Viggo Mortensen and Soledad Villamil (“The Secret in Their Eyes”) star in a Spanish-lingo thriller about a man who takes on the identity of his dead twin brother.

JUST LIKE ME
Director: Diego Kaplan
Production: Patagonik Film Group
The Pitch: Adrian Suar and Florencia Bertotti star in a comedy about a single man whose party lifestyle ends when a pregnant girl arrives saying she’s his daughter. Strong B.O. back home. U.S. remake rights in the offing.

EL GATO DESAPARECE
Director: Carlos Sorin
Production: Guacamole Films, Patagonik Film Group
The Pitch: From the director of fest popular “Intimate Stories” comes a suspense thriller about a professor who returns home from a neuropsychiatry clinic to his wife and two children. But he is not who he was.

JUNTOS PARA SIEMPRE
Director: Pablo Solarz
Production: Creando Cine, Pampa Films
The Pitch: Pablo Solarz, who wrote fest-hot “Intimate Stories” and B.O. hit “A Boyfriend for My Wife,” debuts as a director with a comedy about a scriptwriter so into his work that he loses his grip on reality — and his wife.

LOS MARZIANO
Director: Ana Katz
Production: K&S Films
The Pitch: After years of estrangement, two brothers (Arturo Puig and Guillermo Francella) meet up at a birthday party they can’t miss. Opening with strong B.O., pic is Katz’s follow-up to “A Wandering Bride,” which played Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2007.

METEGOL
Director: Juan Jose Campanella
Production: 100 Bares, Catmandu, Plural-Jempsa
The Pitch: Director follows up his Oscar-winning “The Secret in Their Eyes” with an animated feature about an underdog who, with the help of foosball figures who come to life, must take on a star soccer pro to save their village.

MOUNT BAYO
Director: Victoria Galardi
Production: MyS Prod., Gale Cine
The Pitch: Making her solo debut after co-directing laffer “Lovely Loneliness,” Galardi uses wry humor in a tale about a problematic family in an off-season ski resort in Patagonia coming to grips with their grandmother’s suicide attempt.

MY FIRST WEDDING
Director: Ariel Winograd
Production: Tresplanos Cine
The Pitch: Crowd-pullers Daniel Hendler and Natalia Oreiro star in a comedy about a groom trying to conceal a tiny problem from his bride, threatening to ruin the wedding — and his marriage.

A MYSTERIOUS WORLD
Director: Rodrigo Moreno
Production: Rizoma Films. Rohfilms, Control Z
The Pitch: The director of “El custodio,” winner of the 2006 Alfred Bauer prize for innovation, turns to dark comedy in this story of a man trying to pull his life together after his wife asks for a separation.

NORBERTO’S DEADLINE
Director: Daniel Hendler
Production: Cordon Films, Aeroplano Cine
The Pitch: A popular Uruguayan actor in Argentina, Hendler makes his directing debut with the tale of a man who takes up amateur dramatics.

PHASE 7
Director: Nicolas Goldbart
Production: Aeroplano Cine
The Pitch: A seasoned editor on such films as “The Signal” and “El Bonaerense,” Goldbart debuts with an action comedy set during a deadly epidemic in Buenos Aires.

QUERIDA VOY A COMPRAR CIGARRILLOS Y VUELVO
Directors: Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat
Production: Aleph Media, Television Abierta, Costa Films, Nextudio and Cooperativa Felei
The Pitch: A 60-year-old revisits his youth to amend his mediocre life in a time-travel adventure. Pic follows the duo’s B.O.- and foreign sales-strong “The Man Next Door.”

SIDEWALLS
Director: Gustavo Taretto
Production: Rizoma Films, Pandora Filmproduktion, Eddie Saeta and Zarlek Prods.
The Pitch: Expanding his award-winning short to feature length, Taretto looks at the loneliness of the big city through the eyes of a single man and woman — neighbors whose cross paths constantly but never quite seem to meet.

THE STUDENT
Director: Santiago Mitre
Production: La Union de los Rios, Pasto Cine
The Pitch: The story of a student’s rapid rise in college politics won top prize for Argentine film in Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Film. Mitre co-wrote Pablo Trapero’s multi-laurelled “Lion’s Den” and “Carancho.”

TARDE
Director: Santiago Palavecino
Production: Matanza Cine
The Pitch: A car accident shakes up an otherwise tranquil village in rural Argentina in this project developed at L’Atelier in Cannes and co-written by the authors of Pablo Trapero’s Cannes-entered “Carancho.”

THESIS ON A HOMICIDE
Director: Hernan Goldfrid
Production: BD Cine, Haddock Films
The Pitch: The perfect crime conceived by a young and arrogant lawyer comes under challenge by a famous criminalist, from a director who got his start with crowd-pleasing comedy “Music on Hold.”

UN CUENTO CHINO
Director: Sebastian Borensztein
Production: Pampa Films
The Pitch: A comedy about an Argentine and a Chinese man who meet when a cow falls out of the sky, with “The Secret in Their Eyes” star Ricardo Darin. Posted strong release in Argentina.

WIDOWS
Director: Marcos Carnevale
Production: Aleph Cine, Tronera Prods., Corbelli Prods., Patagonik Film Group
The Pitch: A man’s death brings his widow and mistress together in an odd living arrangement in this comedy by the director of crowd-pleasing old-age romance “Elsa and Fred.”

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