SAN SEBASTIAN — Canada’s 1976 and Uruguay’s Cordon Films will co-produce “Roads in February,” Katherine Jerkovic’s debut.
Agreement was announced to Variety at the San Sebastian Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum (pictured) where Canada is the guest country.
A migration coming-of-age drama, “Roads” turns on Sarah who decides to visit her grandmother in their native Uruguay. Sarah feels confused after her parents’ failed migration and needs some answers for broken dreams.
“Cultural shock, humor, tenderness and sadness give shape to this bitter-sweet project,” said 1976’ Nicolas Comeau, who explained that the pic’s financing would be 80% Quebec and 20% Uruguay. It is budgeted at $1.2 million. Key cast is yet to be determined. Lead will most probably be from Canada and the grandmother and most of the rest from Uruguay.
“The screenplay is inspired by different stays at my grandmother’s village. Both the place, a tiny village inhabited by old immigrants now forsaken by progress, and the character, a 92 year-old clear-sighted woman who left her native Croatia when she was 19, with time have become for me reference points to reflect on immigration and family relationships across different countries,” Katherine Jerkovic told Variety.
“We find especially interesting the viewpoint of a person who comes back after having been living so many years in a different culture,” explained Micaela Sole, at Cordon Films.
“It’s a very natural co-production because of the story. And two different countries such as Canada and Uruguay working together will be a new and stimulating experience,” she added.
“Roads” shooting is scheduled for summer 2016. Uruguay and Canada enjoy a bilateral co-production agreement. Canada is re-known for many of the easiest-to-work co-production treaties in the world.