San Sebastián: Forastero, Rizoma and Caponeto Team Up for ‘My Tender Matador’

Chile-Argentina-Mexico co-production, directed by Rodrigo Sepúlveda ('Aurora')

Diego Martinez
Courtesy of Diego Martinez

Diego Martínez Ulanosky’s expanding Mexican outfit Caponeto has boarded Rodrigo Sepúlveda’s “Tengo miedo torero” (“My Tender Matador”), joining Chile’s Forastero and Argentina’s Rizoma, as Caponeto launches Caponeto Cine, partnering Martínez Ulanosky and well-known France-based producer Lucero Garzón.

Starring Chilean thesp Alfredo Castro (“From Afar”), and a standout project at last week’s San Sebastián 5th Co-production Forum, “My Tender Matador” is the big screen makeover of same title cult Chilean novel by the late Pedro Lemebel, also author of the screenplay.

Project has been developed by Jorge López at Santiago’s Zapik Films, which co-produces out of Chile with Forastero.

The deal was negotiated by Diego Martínez Ulanosky and Lucero Garzón on behalf of Caponeto, and Florencia Larrea and Gregorio González for Forastero.

The producers aim to bring together talent and actors from the three countries to make a top notch regional production.

Exteriors will be shot in Santiago de Chile and interiors, which represent almost 50% of the production, will lensed in Mexico City. Post-production will take place in Mexico and Argentina.

The project “will bring together three countries with very different cultures to tell a very human and complex story, which addresses issues like gender or politics with very deep characters,” said Martínez Ulanosky (pictured).

“I am positive that this co-production will help to build a stronger Latin American industry and we are very excited to start our new brand Caponeto Cine supporting quality fiction films,” he added.

Garzón, who has been an associate producer on Cannes’ Un Certain Regard and San Sebastián Horizontes Latinos entry “La novia del desierto”  as well as Nicolás Puenzo’s debut “Los Ultimos,” is partnering on Caponeto’s foray into fiction feature films through her new Paris-based production company Luz Verde.

“When we started talking to people about this project in Berlin, I immediately thought of Lucero, as I knew she was moving into production after her successful experience in international sales with France’s Pyramide,” González said.

“I thought she could help us structure this new film, which is bigger than our previous projects and I think has enormous appeal for potential agents and distributors of quality films,” he added.

“My Tender Matador” marks Caponeto’s first fiction feature film production, after having created contents for History Channel, A&E, MTV, Nick, NBCU, Once TV, Netflix, Google and Fox, including TV series “Soy Tu Fan,” “A Herdeira” and “Assassin’s Instinct.”