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Zylberberg, Alvarez set for ‘Park’

Pic is Ana Katz's follow-up to 'Bride,' 'The Marzianos'

SAN SEBASTIAN — Julieta Zylberberg (“The Invisible Eye”) and Maricel Alvarez (“Biutiful”) will star in “My Park Friend,” a comedy from Argentina’s Ana Katz, one of its best-known young distaff directors.

Katz will also play a role, she said at San Sebastian’s Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum.

From a screenplay, with a completed second draft, by Ines Bortagaray and Katz, “Park” turns on a first-time mom who befriends another young mother in a cold and windy district park in Buenos Aires. Their friendship takes a slightly dangerous turn.

Bortagaray co-wrote Federico Veiroj’s spirited b/w homage to cinema, “A Useful Life,” plus Katz’s 2007 post-break-up dramedy “A Wandering Bride,” both San Sebastian Films in Progress winners.

Buenos Aires’ Campo Cine, owned by Nicolas Avruj and producer-director Diego Lerman, whose “Invisible Eye” played 2010’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

According to Katz, “Park” “is above all about femininity,” delving “into the feelings of vulnerability that come out in a human being after having a child.”

“Maternity is a conventional issue treated in multiple TV commercials and a close-by reality seen in any street,” she added.

“But for cinema it’s still virgin territory. ‘My Park Friend’ is a great opportunity to explore this very curious world.” Budgeted around Euros 500,000 ($643,500), “Park” will receive an Incaa Argentinean Film Institute subsidy. The producers are looking for about $150,000 to complete financing, possibly from a European co-producer, Katz added.

Katz aims to shoot August/September 2013, in Buenos Aires’ winter when one of the actresses, currently pregnant, should be able to shoot with her own child.

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