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Matanza sets ambitious prod’n slate

Co. backs broad range of docs, features, shorts

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina’s Matanza Cine, the production company of “El Bonarense” helmer-scribe Pablo Trapero, is cranking up output with nearly a dozen local and foreign films lined up for the next 18 months.

It will produce Trapero’s “Familia rodante” (Rolling Family) about a grandmother who hits the road with her family in a motor home. Lensing is to begin in August.

That will be followed at the end of the year by Albertina Carri’s “Geminis” (Gemini), co-produced with Carri, France’s Fonds Sud Cinema and the U.S.’ Fireball Films.

By the director of “Los rubios” (The Blonds), winner of a special mention from the jury and the audience award at this year’s Buenos Aires Fest of Independent Films, pic concerns a sibling love affair.

Matanza will also produce Brazilian Suzana Amaral’s (“Hour of the Star”) road movie “Hotel Atlantico” in conjunction with Brazil’s Planifilms.

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Formed last year, Matanza is backing a broad range of docs, features and shorts. “I want to help these films find a specific audience, even if it is small,” says Trapero, who was nominated for best foreign director of 2002 by France’s Culture Ministry.