Miravista, the pan Latino joint co production venture between The Walt Disney Company Latin America and Telefonica Spain's Admira, has boarded two new Brazilian projects, according to Miravista manager Fernando Lagier.
Its first project, now shooting , is Underground Games (Jogo Subteraneo), based on the novel by Argentinian writer Julio Cortazar. Director Roberto Gervitz co wrote the screenplay with Jorge Duran. The romantic drama revolves around a young man who invents a game to find the love of his life. Underground Games is a co production with Brazil's Vagalume Filmes.
Miravista also will coproduce The History's Owner (A Dona Da Historia) with the film arm of Brazilian media giant, Globo. Still in pre-production, the drama centres on a middle aged woman who examines the crossroads in her life and how key decisions would have altered her fate. Globo Filmes executive Daniel Filho is attached to direct the drama based on a screenplay by Joao Falcao.
Miravista has co produced two other Brazilian projects since its launch, The Middle Of The World (O Caminho Das Nuvens) and 1972.
The former, a road movie based on a true story of a family that biked across Brazil to Rio in search for work, screened in Toronto and competes in San Sebastian. Its Brazilian producer L C Barretta is fielding offers for US and European distribution.
1972, still in post production, is a romantic comedy directed by newcomer Emilio Rondeau. It is the first film produced by Pacific Sense, the Los Angeles-based production company formed by Rondeau and his wife Ana Maria Bahiana.
Miravista's first Mexican project, Ladies Night, is still in post production and is scheduled for release at the end of the year.
The fledgling company is mulling other projects in the region including Colombia, Venezuela as well as an ambitious Mexican and Brazilian co production.
Launched in January 2002, the Buenos Aires based venture is an extension of the partnership in Argentina between Buena Vista and Admira. Each company holds a 30% stake in leading production house Patagonik Film Group with Argentinian media giant Grupo Clarin and founder/president Pablo Bossi as partners. Patagonik has produced such hits as Nine Queens, Son Of The Bride and most recently, Cleopatra.