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Buchichio set for ‘Zanahoria’

Second pic from 'Leo's Room' helmer

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Uruguay’s Lavoragine Films is teaming with Argentina’s Lagarto Cine and Brazil’s Contagio Filmes to produce thriller “Zanahoria,” Enrique Buchichio’s second film after the breakout “Leo’s Room.”

“Zanahoria,” which the helmer describes as a “Uruguayan ‘All the President’s Men,’ ” is one of the highest-profile projects at the Guadalajara Film Festival’s 8th Ibero-American Co-Production Meeting.

The pic, based on true events, turns on two Uruguayan journalists who are contacted by a man who says he is a former army officer. In a game of smoke and mirrors, he reveals human rights abuses committed by Uruguay’s military dictatorship of 1973-1985, but this Deep Throat could be a fraud.

“Uruguayan cinema, especially fiction films, hasn’t fully contributed to a revision of the dictatorship or its legacy,” Buchichio said.

Helmer-scribe Buchichio re-wrote “Zanahoria” at Spain’s Carolina Foundation and Sao Paulo’s BR Lab.

Lavoragine’s Natacha Lopez and Maria Rama will produce with Lagarto’s Hugo Castro Fau and Carolina Alvarez. Lavoragine and Contagio will apply for coin from a new Brazilian-Uruguayan co-production fund. The pic will shoot in and around Montevideo first-half 2013.

The Global Film Foundation acquired U.S. distribution rights to “Leo’s Room,” which charts a gay grad student’s confused sexual awakening.

France’s Wide Management also sold “Room” to U.K. (TWA Releasing), France (Optimale) and Germany (Bildkraft), among multiple territories worldwide.

The Co-Production Meeting’s Churubusco Prize for best project is announced Tuesday night.

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