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MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina – Cordoba-based helmer-scribe Rosendo Ruiz, whose 2010 debut feature “De Caravana” (Clubbing) heralded the launch of a burgeoning film industry in Cordoba, Argentina, presented on Thursday his third pic, “Todo el Tiempo del Mundo” (All the Time in the World), at the Mar del Plata Festival Work in Progress program.

The coming-of-age tale stems from an unprecedented filmmaking workshop at the city’s Italo-Argentine Dante Alighieri high school, where up to 20 students as well as faculty members and school employees collaborated in the making of the pic. Ruiz selected budding 15- and 16-year-old thesps to play the leads through auditions at the school and rehearsed them for a month and a half before shooting the pic. They also worked closely with Ruiz on the screenplay, contributing personal stories and co-writing it. Other students were reeled in to work as crew and in other areas of production.

Co-produced by the school and Ruiz’s shingle El Carro for a mere $23,000, the project seeks an additional $8,000 to complete post-production. “It was a pedagogic exercise for the school, and they’re set on making another one with us,” said Ruiz. “They gave us a lot of freedom to work on whatever themes we wanted,” said Ruiz’s producing partner and wife, Ines Moyano.

Drama tracks three restless teens, played by Micaela Dalesson, Juan Ignacio Croce and Paula Ledesma, who run away to live in the Sierra de Cordoba in a bid to find a secret community…and their independence.

Ruiz’s next feature, “Casa Propia” (House of My Own)m features Gustavo Almada from “De Caravana,” who plays a 40-year-old bent on living on his own and away from his domineering mother.

Ruiz is among the growing number of Cordobese filmmakers that have made Argentina’s second largest city a nascent filmmaking hub. Since 2009, an average of three to five pics made in Cordoba have bowed in local cinemas. At this year’s Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival (BAFICI), seven pics hailed from this city located in the geographical center of Argentina, according to Moyano. Its filmmaking community is lobbying for a regional film law that will include subsidies, a film fund and the creation of more film clubs, said Ruiz, who runs one himself.

“Tiempo” was one of 22 Work in Progress projects at the Mar del Plata Film Fest, which unspools Nov. 22-30.