Music legend John Cale is appearing opposite Argentinean actress Dolores Fonzi (El Aura) in Pablo Aguero's feature debut Salamandra which begins principal photography in a remote community in Patagonia from today (Oct 11).

The Euros 1m mother-son drama about a six-year old boy taken by his mother on a hitch-hiking trip to Patagonia is being produced by France's JBA Production with Argentina's Rizoma Films and Germany's Rohfilm, with backing from broadcaster ARTE France, Fonds Sud and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

Last year, Aguero won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival's Competition for his short Prima Nieve and had developed Salamandra at Cannes' Cinefondation and Atelier du Festival programmes. Cale will also contribute parts of the music soundtrack for the film.

In addition, Rohfilm is a production partner on Snow, the feature debut of Sarajevo-based fimmaker Aida Begic Zubcevic, which begins shooting in Bosnia and Herzegovina from Oct 22 after an initial week of filming at the end of September.

The Euros 1.1m co-production between Mamafilm (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Rohfilm (Germany), Les Films De L'Apres-Midi (France) and the Documentary and Experimental Film Center (Iran) received support from the Cinema Fund of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina Federal Television, BHTelecom, Leipzig-based Mitteldeutsche Medienfoerderung (MDM) and Fonds Sud.

The screenplay for Snow, which was written by Aida Begic Zubcevic and the film's producer Elma Tataragic, had been presented at several co-production markets, including the first edition of Cannes' Atelier du Festival.

Set in a post-war isolated Bosnian village where the inhabitants are trying to lead a normal life in the ruins of what once was a prosperous community, Snow features a cast of mainly Bosnian actors including Emir Hadzihafizbegovic (Armin), Jasna Ornela Bery (Grbavica), and Jasmin Geljo and Slovenian actor Dejan Spasic.

Berlin-based Mitosfilm has already picked the film up for theatrical release in Germany.