Raindogs Cine, the Uruguayan outfit behind German Tejeira’s pic “A Moonless Night,” which world preems Friday in San Sebastian’s New Directors sidebar, is preparing “Variaciones de Koch,” the feature helming debut of Raindogs’ co-founder Julian Goyoaga.
A film adaptation of Argentine writer Manuel Soriano’s same-titled book, penned by Uruguay’s Federico Ivanier, “Variaciones” explores human relationships, portraying several characters’ behaviour in differents places and situations.
Ivanier already adapted Sergio Lopez Suarez’s novel “Anina Yatay Salas” to become Alfredo Soderguit’s 2013 toon hit “Anina,” the first feature film production at Raindogs Cine.
“I feel that the script adaptation made by Federico Ivanier has a great potential to achieve a beautiful film: It’s sensitive, playful, honest and emotional,” said German Tejeira, “Variaciones” exec producer and Raindogs co-founder.
“In production terms, this is a project in a mid-high scale for Uruguayan film production standards. Having produced both ‘Anina’ and ‘A Moonless Night’ gives us guarantees and experience to face this new challenge,” he added.
Now financing, “Variaciones” will probably lense next July in Uruguay, Brazil and England. Raindogs is in talks with possible Brazilian and English co-producers, Tejeira said.
Launched by Tejeira and Goyoaga, Montevideo-based Raindogs aims to develop and produce audiovisual projects, including pics, documentaries and TV series. The company works as a go-ahead talent hub where the partners alternate different film responsibilities.
Tejeira’s feature directorial debut, the San Sebastian contender “A Moonless Night,” a buzzed-up title co-produced with Argentina’s Cine El Calefon, turns on loneliness, love, missed chances and the passage of time, following three characters – a magician, a divorced cab-driver and a folk singer – who travel to the small Uruguayan town of Malabrigo to spend New Year’s Eve.
Exec-produced by Julian Goyoaga and El Calefon’s Juan Maristany, pic toplines Roberto Suarez, Daniel Melingo, Marcel Keoroglian and Elisa Gagliano.
Crew includes Hollywood-based Uruguayan cinematographer Magela Crosignani (“Cowboys vs. Aliens”) – also attached as d.p. of “Variaciones de Koch” – and “Anina” helmer Alfredo Soderguit, as art director.
“A Moonless Night,” whose commercial release in Uruguay is scheduled for 2015, will continue its international fest career competing next week at the Zurich Film Festival.
In November, Variety choose Tejeira – “Anina” exec producer and co-writer, as Goyoaga – as one its Ventana Sur Latin America’ Up Next generation up-and-coming filmmakers who are changing the regional business.