Historias Cinematograficas, the Buenos Aires-based company run by the Puenzo family, is teaming with France’s Pyramide Productions and Chile’s Demente Films on futuristic Western project “Los ultimos,” which marks Nicolas Puenzo’s feature helming debut.
Selected as part of the Cabos Discovery co-production forum, the project is produced by Nicolas and his sister Lucia Puenzo at Historias Cinematograficas, plus Pyramide’s Francis Boefsplug and Stephane Parthenay. Lucero Garzon also produces for Pyramide, in the capacity of an independent producer.
Now in pre-production, “Los ultimos” is scheduled to shoot in February and March in Bolivia, Argentina and Chile.
Set in South America’s Altiplano desert in a not-too-distant future, “Los ultimos” revolves around a 19-year old pregnant Quechua girl and her 24-year old Creole partner, the baby’s father, who survive in a refugee camp during a water and minerals war.
Looking for a better life, the couple will try to escape to the sea, crossing hundred of kilometers of wasteland that has been invaded by the industrial exploitation of natural resources, international armies and institutions.
“We want to create an imaginary future that hardly differs from our present. We’re looking at the dangerous future that is just around the corner,” said Nicolas Puenzo.
“It’s a universal story related to what’s happenning in the Middle East and other regions, where war and the brutal exploitation of the earth transform entire territories in wild areas,” he added.
Previously to “Los ultimos,” Nicolas Puenzo shared producer, director and photographer credits on Historias Cinematograficas’ thriller TV series “Cromo,” which has its Latin American premiere Friday in the Cabos TV sidebar, and was cinematographer of sister Lucia Puenzo’s Cannes fest player “The German Doctor,” which Pyramid Intl. sold to Samuel Goldwyn Film in the U.S.
One of Latin America’s highest-profile production companies, Historias Cinematograficas was created by Nicolas and Lucia’s father, Luis Puenzo, who won the foreign language Oscar in 1986 for “The Official Story.”