Biniez set for ‘Mid-Fielder’

Epstein, Chiarini produce out of Mutante Cine

MADRID — Germany’s Pandora Film, Holland’s Topkapi Films, Uruguay’s Mutante Cine and Argentina’s Morocha Films are teaming to produce helmer-scribe Adrian Biniez’s “The Mid-Fielder.”

His soph pic after Berlin’s 2009 Jury Grand Prix winner “Gigante,” “The Mid-Fielder,” turns on a third division soccer player who decides it’s time to hang up his boots. But the game’s been his life and retirement isn’t that simple.

Mutante’s Agustina Chiarini and Fernando Epstein produce. Pic will shoot October-November in Argentina and ZDF-Arte has pre-bought German TV rights.

Epstein produced many of the key titles in recent Uruguayan Cinema via his Control Z Films, ranging from 2001’s “25 Watts” to “Whisky,” “El custodio,” “Acne” and “Gigante.”

He and Chiarini have “Tanta agua” in advanced post-production at Control Z. “Agua” won prizes from Europa Distribution and the Intl. Arthouse Cinema Federation (CICAE) at Toulouse’s Films in Progress in March.

Control Z’s latest release is Pablo Stoll’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight player “3,” a dramedy about a dysfunctional family.

Wide has international sales rights and has sold the pic to France (Epicentre), Poland (Manana) and Venezuela (Amazonia Films).

“3” was the last project that Stoll worked on at screenplay stage with Juan-Pablo Rebella, his “25 Watts” and “Whisky” co-helmer.

Via Mutante Cine, Epstein also co-organized training initiative Puentes Uruguay.

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