Iroko aboard Algora thriller ‘Nino’

Pic based on notorious child murderer in Argentina

Harold Sanchez’s Madrid-based production house Iroko Films has boarded “El nino de barro,” a disturbing true-life psychological thriller that marks the fiction film debut of Spanish director-producer Jorge Algora.

“Nino” is also produced by Argentina’s Pol-Ka Producciones; Castelao Producciones, the pic production arm of Barcelona mini-major Filmax; and Adivina Producciones, the Galician label headed by Algora and partner Susana Maceiras.

Filmax handles Spanish distribution, and Filmax Intl. has international rights.

Co-production marks a step up for Algora, who has helmed admired docus and specials — the HD-shot “Camino de Santiago. El Origen,” “Emigrantes en terra de emigrantes” — plus TV movie thriller “Mintiendo a la vida.”

It also consolidates a growing production axis among Argentina, Catalonia and Galicia, pushed by the Raices co-production fund created early last year for three-way co-productions among the regions.

Algora’s debut underscores a growing trend in Spanish-language filmmaking: upscale genre pics. “Nino” is based on a serial killer’s murder of young boys in 1912 Buenos Aires, an event that mesmerized Argentine society.

“El nino de barro” stars Maribel Verdu, Daniel Freire, Chete Lera and Juan Ciancio.

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