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Romandia to adapt Bolano novel

Sama to direct 'Savage Detectives'

Carlos Reygadas’ producer Jaime Romandia will produce “Los detectives salvajes” (The Savage Detectives), an adaptation of Roberto Bolano’s novel.

A chronicle of two poets’ odyssey to find a Mexican poetess, the novel was included in the New York Times’ 2007 top 10 novels list, and helped turn the Chilean-born Bolano into one of the most talked-about writers in Latin America.

Mexico’s Carlos Sama, who debuted with “Sin ton ni Sonia,” will direct.

“Detectives” is housed at the Mexico City-based Cadereyta, the new production shingle set up by Romandia and Pablo Adrete’s Mantarraya Producciones in order to make genre or more commercially appealing pics.

Adrete will helm a Spanish-, Apache- and English-language western “Rio de oro” in July.

“Detectives” will use well-known Latin American actors, Romandia said.

Cadereyta is in negotiations to co-produce “Detectives” with Cristina Littin’s MC Films in Chile.

Pic is also co-financed in Mexico by Catatonia Films, a commercials house.

Mantarraya, and now Cadereyta, underscore two Mexican production trends: an increasing embrace by Latin America’s most go-ahead producers of pan-regional co-production; and an increased range in national production.

“We’re trying to take advantage of co-production opportunities and to open up Mexican filmmaking. Carlos Reygadas’ first film ‘Japon’ suggested you could make a film without going to official film schools and on a micro-budget,” Romandia said.

Romandia is best known for the 10-year-old Mantarraya, which has produced all Reygadas’ three films, including “Silent Light” which shared last year’s Jury Prize, as well as three other pics, including this year’s Un Certain Regard player, “Los bastardos.”

All six have played at Cannes in major sections.

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