Alebrije, Oberon team on ‘Dictado’

Chavarrias moves toward mainstream

Mexico’s Alebrije Prods. is teaming with Spain’s Oberon Cinematografica to produce “Dictado” (Dictation), written and helmed by Oberon owner Antonio Chavarrias.

Pancho Casal’s Madrid- and La Coruna-based Continental Prods. will also co-produce.

“Dictation” is a psychological chiller that turns on a couple who adopt a deceased friend’s young daughter, only for the husband to begin to see the girl as a threat.

“Films increasingly mix genres, but ‘Dictation,’ despite seemingly supernatural elements, will be highly realistic and character-driven: That’s my style and makes the film more disturbing,” Chavarrias told Daily Variety.

Juan Diego Botto will play the husband. Other key cast will soon be disclosed, Chavarrias said.

Budgeted at €3 million ($3.9 million), high midrange by Spanish standards, “Dictation” rolls Oct. 4. in Barcelona.

The pic has been pre-sold to Spanish pubcaster TVE and Catalan state TV station TV3.

Alebrije was launched in early 2009 by Monica Lozano, a former production exec at Mexican conglom Altavista, which co-produced five movies with Oberon: “Aro Tolbukhin in the Mind of a Killer,” “Nicotina,” Mexican blockbuster “Tear This Heart Out” and the Chavarrias-directed “You’ll Be Back” and “Celia’s Lives.”

Oberon has put up minority development and co-production coin on Alebrije’s upcoming “El Atentado,” one of the biggest-budgeted Mexican films in history.

Alebrije and Oberon are also co-producing Amir Galvan’s “La cuarta compania.”

Described by Lozano as a “loss of innocence tale,” historical drama “Compania” centers on a group of convicts at a Mexico City jail in the 1980s who formed the prison’s American football team “Los Perros Negros” (The Black Dogs). It also served as a criminal gang in the service of the capital’s notoriously corrupt

police chief Arturo “El Negro” Durazo Moreno.

A Mexican alliance “allows us to enroll outstanding Mexican talent in our films; it strengthens our movies’ finance; and it opens up markets for both sides,” said Chavarrias.

James Young in Mexico contributed to this report.

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