“Guarani,” an unusual road movie and Argentina-Paraguay co-production which marks helmer Luis Zorraquin’s directorial debut, competes at Ventana Sur’s Primer Corte pix-in-post sidebar with 85% of its $300,000 budget covered.
Produced by Puatarara Films in Paraguay’s Asuncion with Buenos Aires’ outfits Salta Una Rana and Z+F Films, “Guarani” was backed by Argentina’s Incaa film-TV agency and Paraguay’s National Secretary of Culture.
Shooting through March-April, mainly at the Parana River in the Paraguayan city of Ayolas, and in Argentina’s Cerrito Island, pic toplines vet Paraguayan actor Emilio Barreto and debutant actress Jazmin Bogarin as, respectively.a traditionalist Guarani fisherman and his grand-daughter, traveling alongside the Parana River from Paraguay to Buenos Aires.
Co-written by Zorraquin and Simon Franco, partners at Z+F, film explores during the journey both the Guarani culture and the modern world’s vast generational divide, accentuated in this case by multiple factors. Salta Una Rana oversaw “Guarani’s” full production process; Puatarara played a key role in the Paraguayan shoot, advising on the aesthetic, linguistic and cultural aspects of the film. Because of its experience in Paraguay, Z+F worked as a link between the two countries, said Puatarara’s producer Sebastian Pena Escobar.
The presence at Primer Corte will not only help producers to strengthen “Guarani’s” final cut. “We’ll also take the opportunity that Ventana Sur gives as a gateway to other film festivals and try to close pre-sales or co-production deals to help us in final post-production,” said Pena Escobar. Pic would be ready for delivery by April 2015.“The film may have a very good run at festivals,” Escobar added. “Of course, we also consider the box office in Argentina and Paraguay, but since migration is an universal subject, we also expect a warm welcome in other international territories, especially from Latin America.”