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Bring on the indie ‘Night’

'Noche' will be helmed by Venezuelan Hernandez

MEXICO CITY — Mexican scribe Guillermo Arriaga is producing his first film, “El bufalo de noche” (The Night Buffalo), adapted from his novel of the same name. Diego Luna will star and co-produce.

Pic will be helmed by tyro Venezuelan director Jorge Hernandez and produced by Arriaga’s new shingle, La Neta Films/Naco Films.

Exec producer is Enrique Lopez, a wealthy farmer who put up most of the pic’s $2.5 million budget and is Arriaga’s partner in the shingle.

Story, set in Mexico City, is about a schizophrenic man who commits suicide after his girlfriend cheats on him with his best friend.

Arriaga said on Friday that the film explored the betrayal of love and the weight of the dead — the same themes in his films “Amores perros” and “21 Grams.”

Filming began in early February in and around Mexico City and will wrap this month.

Scribe also wrote “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.” The pic, distribbed in Mexico by Sony Pictures Intl., went out on 15 prints in its first week and dropped to four in its second week.

Arriaga and Lopez are readying a slate that includes Arriaga’s debut as director and a film by young Venezuelan helmer Lorenzo Vigas, director of short “Los elefantes nunca olvidan.”

Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books will publish “The Night Buffalo” in English in June.