Argentina’s humming film factory is churning out diverse drama, comedies, thrillers and animated pics – many of them with strong fest potential and box-office promise.
(Boya Films/KV Entertainment)
Fernando Spiner, of Havana-winning “Sleepwalker,” directs a Western about a foul-tempered gaucho thinking of ending his life of crime. Post.
Luis Ortega (“The Dirty Saints”) directs a tragic tale of a young couple mourning the death of two of their children. Based on the story “Death in Midsummer” by Japan’s Yukio Mishima. Post.
Daniel Gimelberg makes his directing debut with a drama of a young man trying to come to grips with a tragic loss. Preemed at Buenos Aires Intl. Festival of Independent Cinema (Bafici).
Pablo Fendrik, whose “Blood Appears” played in the 2008 Cannes Critics’ Week, directs a story of a Chinese mafia man in Buenos Aires called on to burn down stores as part of a business scheme. Pre.
IN THE SUN
The latest from Alejandro Chomski, of Havana-winner “Today and Tomorrow,” is about an unemployed watchmaker whose wife is mysteriously admitted to a mental hospital. Based on a novel by Argentina’s Adolfo Bioy Casares. 2010 release.
Pablo Trapero directs a noirish thriller with Ricardo Darin (“The Secret in Their Eyes”) as an ambulance chaser who gets embroiled in a web of violence while trying to cash in on Argentina’s big accident insurance business. May 6 release.
A CHINESE STORY
Sebastian Borensztein (“The Die is Cast”) directs a comedy about an Argentine and a Chinese man who meet when a cow falls out of the sky. With Ricardo Darin. March 2011 release.
Daniel Burman of Berlin-prized “Lost Embrace” explores a sibling rivalry after their mother’s death brings them together. Released in April.
A dramedy about the worsening health of an amateur soccer player, directed by Chavo D’Emilio and starring Diego Peretti (“It’s Not You, It’s Me”). October release.
IGUALITO A MI
Adrian Suar and Florencia Bertotti star in a comedy about a single man whose party lifestyle ends when a girl arrives saying she’s his daughter — and pregnant. Diego Kaplan directs. Aug. 12 release.
IT’S YOUR FAULT
Anahi Berneri follows up her Berlin-laurelled “A Year Without Love” with this drama about a mother’s struggles to care for her two young boys. June 3 release.
JUNTOS PARA SIEMPRE
(Creando Cine, Pampa Films)
Pablo Solarz, who wrote box office hit “A Boyfriend for My Wife,” makes his directorial debut with a comedy about a scriptwriter who loses his grip on reality — and his wife. Post.
(Ivan Eibusyc, Santiago Loza, Ivan Fund)
Santiago Loza (“Strange”) and Ivan Fund (“The Laugh”) partner on the tale of three social workers dealing with poverty and ineffective state social policies in small-town Argentina. A Cannes Un Certain Regard competitor.
LA MIRADA INVISIBLE
(El Campo Cine)
Diego Lerman, of multi-prized “Suddenly,” crafts a tale of a young teacher’s aide on a mission to bust any student who she finds smoking. Post.
THE LAST ELVIS
(Rebolucion, Anonymous Content)
Dramedy about an Elvis impersonator who sings even better, directed by Armando Bo, a first-timer who co-wrote Cannes-competing “Biutiful” with Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Shooting in June and July.
Ana Katz, whose “A Wandering Bride” played Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2007, looks at two brothers — Arturo Puig and Guillermo Francella — meeting up after many years. Post.
Juan Jose Campanella will follow his Oscar-winning “The Secret in Their Eyes” with an animated feature about the plight of a foosball team trying to reunite after its playing table is dismantled and scrapped. Pre.
A MYSTERIOUS WORLD
(Rizoma Films, Rohfilms, Control Z)
Rodrigo Moreno of multi-laurelled “El custodio” (The Custodian) turns to dark comedy in “A Mysterious World,” the story of a man trying to pull his life together by buying a car after his wife asks for a separation. Post.
Enrique Pineyro of Havana-laurelled air crash thriller “Whisky Romeo Zulu” exposes police corruption. Preemed at Bafici.
WHAT I LOVE THE MOST
(Ivan Eibusyc, Felicitas Soldi)
Delfina Castagnino makes her debut with an emotional comedy about two girls whose friendship is put to the test when they come to live under the same roof. Preemed at Bafici.
Gonzalo Castro follows Mexican writer Mario Bellatin playing himself as he becomes a film character. Preemed at Bafici.