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Plus Icon Read Next: ‘Vieja Viejo’ Director Ignacio Pavez Readies ‘Un Amputado’ for Gallo Negro (EXCLUSIVE)Screenwriter and director Ignacio Pavez and the team at Chile’s Gallo Negro Producciones (“Intiwawa”) are readying to produce Pavez’s next feature, “Un Amputado” (“An Amputee”). Creative director at Gallo Negro, Pavez bows his second feature, “Vieja Viejo,” at Sanfic 18, the Santiago International Film Festival, which runs through to Aug. 21 as a hybrid event. The film, which portrays a couple navigating the isolation of ageing and declining health, screens as part of the Chilean Films In Competition strand. Pavez previously wrote and directed notable shorts “De Cara al Cemento” and “Fuego,” the latter earning the best short film award at the 2021 Bio Bio Cine Festival. His full-length project “Maleza” racked up the best feature film award at Chile’s Festival de Cine Emergente de Concón 2017 and screenplay, art direction, and actor awards at FECICH-Festival De Cine Chileno 2018. “Un Amputado,” currently at a funding and script development stage, follows protagonist Raúl’s distressing recovery after a tragic highway accident results in the amputation of his hand. An uphill battle, he’s forced to adjust to life with a disability and the prejudiced gaze of the biased society surrounding him. In an exclusive statement, Marc Nicolet, executive producer at Gallo Negro, told Variety that “due to the controversial nature of the topic and the way we’re going to tell the story, ‘Un Amputado’ has great potential to appeal to festivals, the media and digital platforms. This project allows us to continue increasing the international reach of Chilean cinema.” He went on: “We want to develop and produce this project because it’s important to address issues like amputation within the framework of modern society, which claims to accept it but still discriminates against it in one way or another. On top of that, the public systems lack the necessary tools to offer effective reintegration into the world after such procedures.” “Through ‘Un Amputado,’ we want to reflect the discriminatory reality in its subtleties, the events that occur in both the public and private spheres of a character that’s just faced the loss of a limb.”

Miranda Richardson and Clancy Brown have joined Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany in Lionsgate’s Boston Marathon bombing movie “Stronger,” with production starting this week in Boston.

Gyllenhaal stars as Jeff Bauman, while Maslany plays his girlfriend Erin Hurley in a story about love triumphing over adversity. Brown (“Hail, Caesar!”) will portray Bauman’s father and Richardson will play his mother Patty Bauman.

The film is a production of Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label, Mandeville Films, Bold Films and Nine Stories. It’s Gyllenhaal’s first production under his Nine Stories banner.

Inspired by a true story and based on the New York Times bestseller by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter, the film stars Gyllenhaal as the working-class Boston man whose iconic photo from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing gained worldwide notice.

Bauman was waiting for his girlfriend at the finish line of the marathon when two pressure-cooker bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. When Bauman awoke the next day after surgeries and realized he could not speak, he asked for a pad and paper and wrote: “Saw the guy. Looked right at me.”

That set off a massive manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted of the murders last year. The book, published in 2014, also describes Bauman’s attempts to walk again and face his new circumstances with grace, transforming from an aimless deli counter worker to a man driven with ambition and full of love.

The movie is directed by David Gordon Green from a screenplay written by Boston local John Pollono. Producers are Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman (“The Fighter”), Gyllenhaal, Scott Silver  and Michel Litvak (“Whiplash”).

Executive producers are Riva Marker, Peter McGuigan, Anthony Mattero, Gary Michael Walters, Jeffrey Stott and Nicolas Stern.

Production has already started on another Lionsgate Boston Marathon bombing movie — “Patriots Day,” co-financed with CBS Films and starring Mark Wahlberg.

Richardson received Academy Award nominations for “Damage” and “Tom & Viv.” Her credits include “Empire of the Sun,” “The Crying Game,” “The Apostle,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and “Made in Dagenham.”