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EXCLUSIVE: France’s Chic Films and Brazil’s Bossanova Films are linking to produce “Malandro,” from helmer Mika Kaurismaki.

A Brazil-set buddy road movie, “Malandro” turns on a straight-laced policeman from Europe who’s dispatched to Brazil to bring back a witness for a court case. Actor and samba singer Seu Jorge (“Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within”) will play Malandro, a charming slacker .

“Malandro” is a “fish-out-of-water film, about two different people from different cultures, which plays with stereotypes and ultimately turns them upside down,” said its Brit scribe, Simon Brook.

Film is budgeted at around €4 million ($5.7 million), said Bossa Nova’s Paula Cosenza, and is skedded to shoot year-end during Brazil’s summer.

Producers aim to recruit co-production partners, possibly in Germany, Scandinavia or Canada, said Chic’s Lauranne Bourrachot.Led by Denise Gomez and Cosenza, Bossa Nova is one of a new breed of Brazilian producers that is leveraging now substantial Brazilian film funding and the strength of the real into a rich slate of cosmopolitan co-productions with Europe and the rest of Latin America.

Co-productions titles range from Chilean Andres Wood’s “Violeta” to “Spring,” set up with Mariana Secco’s Salado Media in Uruguay, and “Tropicalia,” produced by Bossa Nova, Mojo Pics (U.S.), and Revolution Films (U.K.). Imagem distributes in Brazil.