MAR DEL PLATA – Made for just $300,000, Argentine multi-hyphenate Valentin Javier Diment’s “El Eslabon Podrido” (The Rotten Link), needs an additional $150,000 for its post-production.
One of 22 Work in Progress projects at the Mar del Plata Film Fest, which unspools Nov. 22-30,the dramedy is set in a near-medieval enclave and centers on a village idiot who lives with his senile, clairvoyant mother and his sister, the village prostitute. An accident that kills his much-beloved sister tips him over the edge and sets him on a gory killing spree. Diment tapped INCAA funds to make it.
“I would describe it as a tragic fable,” said Diment, who has often collaborated with the festival’s artistic director Fernando Spiner, most notably in Spiner’s 2012 Foreign Oscar entry for Argentina “Aballay” (Six Shooters) where he worked as a second unit director, co-scribe and associate producer.
“Eslabon” is Diment’s second pic following his feature debut “La Memoria del Muerto” (Memory of the Dead), which Artsploitation Films released on DVD in the U.S. after it picked up a number of awards on the fantasy/horror film festival circuit.
His next pic is a police thriller, still untitled, which he co-penned with Ariel Silverberg. Diment is also developing a road movie called “Caminando a Mar del Plata”(Walking to Mar del Plata), which he’ll shoot over nine days in real time. “A friend of mine walked the route from Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata in seven days but I’ll allow myself nine,” said Diment who will pen, helm and act in the pic.