Spanish helmer Fernando Trueba has been bitten by the toon bug.
Spurred by the critical success of his Oscar-nommed “Chico y Rita,” Trueba is writing the screenplay for his second animated pic.
Like Cuba-set “Chico y Rita,” the provisionally titled “Tenorio” is based on the real-life story of a musician, Brazilian pianist Francisco Tenorio Jr., who vanished under mysterious circumstances while on tour in Argentina, four days before a military coup in 1976.
It’s widely believed he was arrested in a case of mistaken identity and murdered.
Trueba has wanted to make a documentary about the pianist for years and has amassed some 150 hours of interviews and research footage.
“While making ‘Chico y Rita,’ I realized that animation would be the perfect format for ‘Tenorio,’ and was even more convinced after seeing ‘Waltz With Bashir’ and ‘Persepolis,’ ” he said. ” ‘Tenorio” is a film about music and about memory but also about the barbarity of Fascism.
“It’s an homage to the golden age of Brazilian music, which was sharply cut by political and economic circumstances.”