Two of the Spanish-speaking world’s most energetic distaff producers, Mariela Besuievsky at Madrid Tornasol Films and Mariana Secco, based out of Salado in Uruguay’s Montevideo, are linking to produce Memorias del calabozo, an extraordinary true-life story of physical and above-all psychological resistance.
Alvaro Brechner, whose Bad Day to Go Fishing and Mr. Kaplan were both Uruguay’s Academy Award entries and the latter a Platino Award finalist, will direct. Latido Films, headed by Antonio Saura, will handle international sales.
Written by Brechner, and a majority Spanish co-production, Memorias was presented at San Sebastian’s 4th Europe-Latin America Co- roduction Forum, which runs Sept. 21-23.
A humanist survival drama, the true-fact based Memorias begins in September 1973 as Uruguay’s falls under military dictatorship and nine captured Tupamaro guerrilla members are subjected to a solitary confinement which will last 12 years. How they survived is Memorias story.
“This is a story of resistance, about how you can bend somebody’s body but not their spirit and mind,” Besuievsky said.
Based on the same- itled memoirs of Mauricio Rosencof and Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro, the majority Spanish co- roduction has a first version screenplay completed by Brechner.