SAN SEBASTIAN – Hernan Musaluppi and Natasha Cervi’s Buenos Aires production house Rizoma, a prestige player in Argentina with distribution punch, has boarded “The Dolphins Go East,” the directorial debut of Gonzalo Delgado.
Co-producing, Rizoma will also distribute in Argentina.
Delgado was a co-scribe of milestones in Latin American cinemas, such as Pablo Stoll and Juan Pablo Rebella’s “Whisky,” Stoll’s “3,” and Federico Veiroj’s “A Useful Life.” A power behind the throne in Uruguay, Delgado also served as an art director on, among other films, Veiroj’s debut “Acne,” Rodrigo Moreno’s “The Custodian,” which won the 2006 Alfred Bauer Award at Berlin.
Delgado will co-direct with Veronica Perrotta, the screenwriter and actress of femme drama “Vacas flacas.”
Pitched Monday at San Sebastian’s 2nd Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, “Dolphins” is set up at Delgado and Perrotta’s joint label and Cordon Films, owned by Micaela Sole and actor-director-producer Daniel Hendler, a best actor winner at Berlin for “Broken Embrace.”
A “comedia esperpentica” – a grotesque comedy – about extravagant characters, in Delgado’s words, “Dolphins,” which Delgado and Perrotta co-wrote, turns on the re-encounter of a father, whose sexual coming out caused a family break-up, with his estranged daughter. Both are compulsive liars. Their re-encounter is a face-off. Her feigned pregnancy bonds them temporarily, until he discovers it’s a farce.
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The directors described “Dolphins” as a “deranged family drama” about “the intimate longing to meet someone who abandoned us.”
“Dolphins” is scheduled to go into production first semester 2014, shooting in Uruguay’s Punta del Este.