MAR DEL PLATA– Gustavo Biazzi, the cinematographer of Cannes Critics’ Week winner Santiago Mitre, is turning his talents to direction with “The Bums,” a coming-of-age tale set in the Argentine region of Misiones.
“Bums” will be produced by Buenos Aires-based La Union de los Rios (“Student,” “Centaur,” Alejandro Fadel’s “The Wild Ones”), Giselle Lozano, Santiago Carabante and Biazzi.
Biazzi lensed not only Critics’ Week winner “Paulina” but Mitre’s debut “The Student,” Rodrigo Moreno’s “Reimon,” and vet Hugo Santiago’s “The Sky of the Centaur.”
For “Student,” working with Soledad Rodriguez, Federico Cantini and Alejo Maglio, Biazzi praised telephoto work – identifying the dramatic centers of the plot – won him a cinematography award at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (Bafici).
Biazzi had already directed a docu about two kids living on a river shoreline that follows them for six years. “Bums” is a very personal movie inspired by a group of friends – mine in fact – taking place over 30 years.”
“A teen that studies in Buenos Aires returns to his native province in the summer, abandons himself to all kind of excesses, does everything he can to lose his girlfriend,” but the regrets it,” Biazzi told Variety.
“For ‘Bums’ I was inspired by Fellini’s early movies such as ‘I Vitelloni,’ also by some of Cassavettes’ and the intimate focus of Lucrecia Martel. In his first movies, Fellini mixed very subtly reality with light fantastic overtones. That’s the cinema I am really interested on,” he unveiled.
“Bums” is one of the ten projects being presented to potential production partners at LoboLab, an international co-pro forum launched by Argentina’s Mar del Plata fest. They have been chosen out of 264 projects coming from seven Latin American countries –the fiction ones are for the most part Argentine.
70% of “Bums’” financing is in place Project also won a Raymundo Gleyzer award, an initial grant from Argentina’s INCAA Film Institute. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in September 2016.
“What I want to do is to express impression that life leaves me. If everyone had the chance to express themselves deeply, the world would be different,” Biazzi concluded.