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Mexico’s Draco Films Revs Up New Slate

Shooting begins March 14 on Catalina Aguilar’s romcom ‘Everybody Loves Somebody;’ ‘Compadres’ bows in April

Catalina Aguilar Mastretta, whose Fipresci-winning feature debut “Las Horas Contigo” had its world premiere in Guadalajara two years ago, is poised to start shooting her sophomore pic, “Everybody Loves Somebody,” starting March 14. Francisco Gonzalez Compean of Draco Films, Jose Nacif and Ramiro Ruiz co-produce the romantic comedy. Karla Souza (“Nosotros los Nobles,” “How to Get Away With Murder”) and José María Yazpik (“I’m So Excited”) lead the cast.

“This is a larger, more commercial film compared to her first film, although the budget isn’t too big, $2.5 million,” said Compean. Shooting will take place for some seven weeks in Baja California and Mexico City.

The bilingual rom-com revolves around a Mexican-American gynecologist residing in L.A. whose ex-boyfriend re-enters her life. A visit to her nosy but charming family in Baja California forces her to rethink her life and open up to new romantic possibilities.

Meanwhile, Draco Films’ upcoming cross-border buddy comedy “Compadres” is set to go wide April 1 in Mexico via Televisa film distribution arm Videocine on 1,200 screens.

In the U.S., Pantelion, the Televisa-Lionsgate joint venture, has scheduled its wide release on up to 400 screens on April 22.

Helmed by Enrique Begne and penned by former Universal Pictures exec Ted Perkins and Mexico’s Gabriel Ripstein (“600 Miles”), the $4.8 million bilingual comedy pits popular Mexican comic Omar Chaparro – in his first action role – opposite American stand-up comic-thesp Kevin Pollak (“The Usual Suspects”) as his sidekick. Comedy is co-produced by the fledgling Gordo y Chaparro Prods, founded by Compean and Chaparro.

Draco Films is also being tapped to make two large TV projects for Blim, Televisa’s newly launched VOD streaming platform that is aiming to corner the growing OTT market in Latin America, currently dominated by Netflix. “It’s an exciting new format I can’t wait to try my hand at,” said Compean.

Compean’s ties with Televisa go way back to when he was director general of the now defunct Altavista Films, which produced Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s breakout hit “Amores Perros.” Videocine distributed all Altavista titles.

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