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Pereda hitches up ‘Horses’
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Mexico’s Film Tank and Spain’s Tornasol Films are moving forward on The Day Horses Cried, with Nicolás Pereda (Summer of Goliath) attached to direct.

Horses will be pitched at San Sebastian’s 1st Europe-Latin America Coproduction Forum.

Rolling in December, Horses will be Pereda’s next movie after the experimental
Mexican Revolution tale The Killing of Strangers, co-helmed with Jacob Secher Schulsinger, that Pereda has now shot.

Horses turns on a 60-year-old rancher who visits his four children around Mexico to ask them to sign off on the sale of his lands.

The Day Horses Cried is an original, emotive story”, said Mariela Busuievsky at Tornasol, producers of the Oscarwinning The Secret of Their Eyes.

A bitter-sweet redemption movie, Horses is “a departure in many senses”, Pereda said.

“It’s an attempt to tell a story, and the story’s more complex, more epic, with more characters and scope”, he said. Motivation is clearer. Pereda will direct from a third-party screenplay, originally written by Jano Mendoza.

While Pereda has built his career with low budget pics, Horses’ budget reaches a dollars seven-figure sum.

Mendoza and Pereda are currently finishing the screenplay, said Film Tank’s Edgar San Juan. Horses will start shooting in December and continue in the summer 2013, he added.

Though still a project, Horses is already multi-prized: Last year, it won Spain’s 8th Julio Alejandro Screenplay award, a co-production grant from Spain’s Icaa Film Institute, and a screenplay development award at France’s Amiens Fest.

Pereda was the subject of a 2011 U.S. traveling retrospective taking in the Pacific Film Archives and UCLA Film & Television Archive, among other places.

At San Sebastian’s Films in Progress, a prestigious pix-in-post showcase, Film Tank, has created a $5,000 cash prize, teaming with other companies and institutions behind Mexican film Norteado: Tiburon Prods., Imcine Conaculta, McCormick in Mexico and Idn.

The San Juan-produced Norteado topped Films In Progress” in 2008, winning free-of-charge post-production through to a 35mm print.

J.H.

 

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