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UIP rings in ‘Evil Hour’

$1.7 mil production is based on 1962 novel by Marquez

RIO DE JANEIRO — United Intl. Pictures will co-produce and distribute Brazilian helmer Ruy Guerra’s “In Evil Hour.”

Guerra is one of the few active filmmakers of the New Cinema generation, the Brazilian equivalent of Italy’s Neorealism movement.

Based on the 1962 novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, “In Evil Hour” depicts life in a small Colombian town threatened by political oppression.

Guerra is casting. Walter Carvalho (“Carandiru,” “Central Station”) has been tapped as director of photography.

Lensing on the 5 million reais ($1.7 million) production is skedded for mid-August to November on location in Goias Velho, a historic town in central Brazil.

“We expect the film to take part in the Cannes festival,” said Jorge Peregrino, UIP’s VP for Latin America.

Guerra’s “Estorvo” (Turbulence) was in the Official Selection at Cannes in 2000. The vet helmer has directed 14 pics in his 50-year career.

UIP represents Universal, Paramount and DreamWorks in Brazil. Both UIP and Universal will be credited as co-producers on “In Evil Hour”, said Peregrino. UIP will have worldwide distrib rights and may release the pic abroad.

This is UIP’s second co-production in Brazil this year after “Pele,” a biopic of the world-famous soccer player, which opens Dec. 12.

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