Argentina’s Campo Cine and Brazil’s Prodigo Films and Novelo Filmes are teaming to produce ‘90s-set feel-good comedy “Sueño Florianopolis,” the next film from Ana Katz (“Musical Chairs, “A Stray Girlfriend,” “Los Marziano”), one of the leading lights of a second wave of distaff directors that has galvanized the New Argentine Cinema.
The story of an Argentinean family spending the summer holidays in Brazil during the ‘90s,”Sueño Florianopolis” is scheduled for an October 2015 shoot.
Based out of Buenos Aires, and headed by Nicolas Avruj and Diego Lerman, producer and director of this year’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight hit “El refugiado,” Campo Cine is producing with Camila Groch’s Prodigo Films in Sao Paulo. Prodigo’s credits include Vinicius Coimbra’s gaucho Western “Matraga,” which swept the 2011 Rio Fest, winning five prizes, including best picture.
In a deal sealed at Ventana Sur, Novelo Filmes will provide production services – such as location scouting and local talent – based out of Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, where the film is set and will shoot for four weeks.
Written by Ana Katz and brother Daniel Katz, who previously teamed on “Los Marziano,” “Sueño Florianopolis” returns to one of Katz’s favorite themes which has allowed her ample scope for her close observation of human frailty: A dysfunctional family reunion.
In “Sueño,” tempted by the highly favorable exchange rate and the promise of tropical beaches, Pedro (Gustavo Garzón, “Bottom of the Sea”) and Lucrecia (Mercedes Morán, “La cienaga”), although divorced after 22 years of marriage, decide to venture, separated but together, along with their two teenage kids, in a plucky Renault 12 with no air conditioner, and drive 1,000 miles to Florianopolis.
Daniel Hendler, who won a best actor Berlin Silver Bear for Daniel Burman’s “Lost Embrace,” makes a special appearance.
“Sueño Florionopolis” won a $250,000 production grant from this year’s 3rd Brazil-Argentina Co-production Fund. A bilateral funding initiative of Argentina’s Incaa and Brazil’s Ancine, the countries’ two federal film agencies, the Fund adjudicates four grants a year.
“We are absolutely delighted with the project since it joins the two countries in an authentic manner, and for the vision of a talent such as Ana Katz’s,” said Groch.
Campo Cine also produced Katz’s “My Park Friend,” seen in rough-cut at this year’s San Sebastian Films in Progress.