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Barrionuevo, Germina Prep ‘La Van’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Barrionuevo’s ‘Atlantida’ set for 2014 bow

BUENOS AIRES – Marking a change of direction, and locale, Cordoba-based writer-scribe Ines Maria Barrionuevo will follow up her debut “Atlantida” with “La Van,” a frontier drama set on the tri-border along the junction between Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina.

“La Van” is set up at Cordoba’s Germina Films, headed by Paolo Suarez, Barrionuevo’s producer on “Atlantida,” one of the flagship new features from Cordoba.

The region of Argentina placed three movies at last month’s Mar del Plata Festival: Western “La Laguna,” from Gaston Bottarro and Luciano Jones, the Frederick Wiseman-ish “Escuela de sordos,” and women’s drama “El grillo,” from Matias Herrera Cordoba.

Associate-produced by Edgard Tenenbaum, producer of Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries” and Pavel Giroud’s San Sebastian 2013 Co-Production Forum winner “The Companion,” “Atlantida,” which is set to premiere in 2014, focuses on two teen sisters who, over the course of one sultry heat-wave-struck day, discover and define their sensuality.

Written by Barrionuevo, “Atlantida” is “copied from real life: Stories of adolescents, mine, my friends’, my mother’s. A coming of age tale where adults don’t exist,” Barrionuevo has said.

Cordoba is there, not only its inspiration, but setting – “Atlantida” was shot in the villages of Embalse and Almafuerte in the province of Cordoba – young talent – in shoot photos, very, very few of the crew look much over 30, let alone 40 – and financing: “Atlantida” drew down funding from not only Argentina’s federal INCAA Film Institute but also Cordoba’s regional authorities.

“La van,” by contrast, takes place – and this may be a sign of growth in the Cordoba filmmaking scene – in the world of adults, very particular adults,” living in “border towns where cultures, traditions, cross and mingle, where hybrids are the norm,” Suarez said.

A niche audience-orientated movie, per Suarez, “La Van” will turn on “strong story lines, and laugh-out-loud but very human situations.”

“Atlantida” and “La Van” are regional cinema. But that doesn’t mean they’re provincial.

Atlantida” was selected for Germany’s Mannheim Festival meeting point for sales agents and distributors and invited to Manaus’ films in progress strand in Brazil.

Written by Barrionuevo and Leonardo Marengo, “La Van” is being framed as a pan-Latin American co-production, Suarez said: Another example of increasingly common glocal ambitions – a precise location, cosmopolitan funding – in Latin American cinema.

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