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Guido Rud’s FilmSharks Intl. has acquired international sales rights to musical drama “Gilda, no me arrepiento de este amor,” about Argentina’s legendary cumbia star, played by Natalia Oreiro (“The German Doctor”).

Picked up by Buena Vista Intl. for Argentina, the film, aka “I am Gilda (The Latin Music Saint),” is currently shooting in Buenos Aires, directed by Lorena Muñoz, who co-penned the script with Tamara Viñes.

Set up at Habitacion 1520 Producciones, a Buenos Aires-based company led by Muñoz and partners Benjamin Avila and Maximiliano Dubois, “Gilda” also has on board Telefe/Telefonica Studios and Direct TV Latin America.

The film tells the story of Argentine cumbia singer Gilda, born Myriam Alejandra Bianchi, who succeed in music after working as gardener and P.E. teacher, acquiring the status of a popular saint in Argentina after her tour bus crashed in 1996, killing her, her mother, her daughter and part of her band.

Biopic toplines Natalia Oreiro, star of recent standout international sales and festivals’ successes such as Lucia Puenzo’s “The German Doctor” and Benjamin Avila’s “Clandestine Childhood.” Oreiro provides her own vocals to the late singer’s hits in the film.

“Gilda, no me arrepiento de este amor” is scheduled for a Sept. 7 theatrical release in Argentina, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of Gilda’s death.

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