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Helmer’s ‘Eyes’ on scandal

Lombardi takes on Peruvian corruption in pic penned by Pollarolo

LIMA — Helmer Francisco Lombardi will tackle the political corruption scandal that brought down a president and sent hundreds of people to prison in his latest film.

The country’s most prolific director is set to begin lensing on “Ojos que no ven” (Eyes That Can’t See), penned by Giovanna Pollarolo. She’s worked with Lombardi on several of his most recent productions.

“Ojos” will open with clips from one of the hundreds of secretly taped videos that show the payment of bribes by former President Alberto Fujimori’s national security adviser Vladimiro Montesinos.

Fujimori’s fall

The unearthing of the videos led to the collapse of the Fujimori government, and involved many of Peru’s leading businessmen and prominent citizens.

The former president fled to self-imposed exile in Japan, while Montesinos is in prison awaiting trial.

From the video footage, “Ojos” follows fictional characters who react to the unfolding political scandal.

Cast will be headlined by Gianfranco Brero, who starred in Lombardi’s last film, “Tinta roja” (Red Ink), and Patricia Pereyra, recently back in Peru after working on a string of Mexican soaps.

“Ojos” is a production of Lombardi’s Inca Films, which would not disclose the pic’s budget.