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Rising Helmer Mitre Moves Into Full House (EXCLUSIVE)

In Berlin to present Peter Weber’s “Fresh” at the Berlin Co-production Market, France’s Full House, run by Didar Domehri, Gael Nouaille and Laurent Baudens, has boarded the untitled second feature by Argentina’s Santiago Mitre.

Mitre’s debut “The Student” established him as one of the brightest and most assiduously courted of young directors in Latin America.

Esteban Lamothe, “Student’s” breakthrough star, will topline Mitre’s sophomore outing, starring with Dolores Fonzi (“The Aura,” “In the Open”).

Argentina’s Union de los Rios produces with Full House, Argentine broadcast net Telefe, Ignacio Viale and Lita Stantic, whose credits include the first films of New Argentine Cinema icons: Pablo Trapero, Adrian Caetano and Lucrecia Martel.

Co-written with “Student’s” co-scribe Mariano Llinas, Mitre’s second feature shoots from June in Argentina’s Misiones province and Paraguay. It has CNC World Cinema Support funding.

“Almost a flip-side to ‘The Student,’” pic turns on “militancy, social commitment, justice, is narrated in a highly realist, near-documentary style, and rapidly becomes a thriller, something like a social thriller,” Mitre said.

“We knew Santiago Mitre as a great writer but his stunning first feature film ‘The Student’ established him as one of the most promising directors of its generation. We are very excited to work on his second feature film with La Union de los Rios,” said Domehri

The story of a young thief learning the noble art of pick pocketing in Bogota, “Fresh” will be co-produced with RCN affiliate Five 7 Media and 4 Direcciones in Colombia and Webber (pictured). “Fresh” rolls late 2014/ early 2015, said Full House partner Didar Domehri.

Full House is initiating “Fresh” financing, she added.

“We are thrilled to be working with Peter Webber, both a passionate and eclectic director. Switching from studio films to committed documentaries, we were always impressed by his capacity to navigate through different genres, and always be surprising,” said Nouaille.

“We are confident that, in Peter Webber’s hands, ‘Fresh’ will not only be an homage to Bresson’s ‘Pickpocket’ but also a coming of age story full of grace, music and energy where the heart of Bogota will beat,” he added.

Introduced by Funny Balloons at Berlin, (Variety, Feb. 6), Laurent Cantet’s “Return to Ithaca” is produced Full House, Orange Studio, Haut et Court, Funny Balloons, and Belgium’s Panache Productions and La Compagnie Cinematographique, in association with Backup Media and World Cinema Support.

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