BUENOS AIRES – Bringing one of the most anticipated of first-half 2015 Argentine titles onto the international market at Ventana Sur, FilmSharks Intl. will unveil Tuesday a work-in-progress screening of friendship dramedy “Papers in the Wind.”
Directed by Juan Taratuto (“A Boyfriend for My Wife”), “Papers” is co-written by Taratuto and Eduardo Sachieri, co-scribe of Juan Jose Campanella’s Academy Award-winning “The Secret in Their Eyes,” which was based, like “Papers,” on a Sachieri novel.
Disney distributes in Argentina and Spain; Buena Vista Intl. has taken the rights to the rest of Latin America. “Papers” will open in Argentina first semester 2015.
Backed by Argentine broadcaster Telefe, which helped propel “Wild Tales” to $17.9 million, an all-time domestic record for an Argentine film, and the No. 1 B.O. trawl for any film of any nationality this year in Argentina, “Papers” packs an Argentine cast of high-profile thesps — Diego Peretti (“The German Doctor”), Pablo Rago (“The Secret of Their Eyes”), Pablo Echarri (“Buenos Aires, 1977”) — plus three-time Latin Grammy winner Diego Torres (“Distinto”).
As in one scene in “The Secret in Their Eyes” and the whole of toon pic “Foosball,” which Sachieri also wrote with Campanella, “Papers” unspools against a soccer background. It centers on four friends from childhood, now in their 40s. One, El Mono, dies. The others want to ensure his small daughter has the love and education that El Mono would have wanted, but discover he invested his life savings in a young soccer player. Never fulfilling his promise, the young player has been ceded to a minor division team. Together, however, the friends determine to convert him, through ingenuity and guile, into a major league soccer star.
“This is a film which has thriller and dramatic comedy elements, many layers, as in ‘The Secret in Their Eyes,’ so can be a great crossover for international sales,” enthused FilmSharks Intl.’s Guido Rud.