Cecilia Roth, Norma Leandro, Leticia Bredice, Ricardo Darin and Beto

Brandoni are the first five actors announced by Argentina heavyweight

Patagonik Film Group as attached to its ambitious new TV movie project.

Patagonik is readying 12 made-for-TV movies in co-production with Spain's Tornasol Films. According to Patagonik COO Dario Perticone, the films are set to shart shooting next December on budgets of approximately $350,000 each for monthly TV premieres beginning next spring. Directors so far attached include Fabian Bielinsky (Nine Queens), Bruno Stagnaro (Pizza, Beer And Cigarettes) and Daniel Burmann (Waiting For The Messiah).

Perticone says the company aims to produce 4-6 feature films per year on budgets of between $1m-4m. Forthcoming titles include, among others: Harvey Keitel-starrer Nowhere (Ninguna Parte), a $3.5m co-production with Spain's Filmax; Juan Jose Campanela's $2m The Bride's Son (El Hijo De La Novia), in post-production; and the much-anticipated animated sequel Dibu 3.

Patagonik boasts equal three-part backing from Buena Vista International (BVI), Telefonica Media and The Clarin Group. The company handles world sales of its own films and at Cannes closed a deal for North America to Sony Pictures Classics on BO hit Nine Queens (Nueve Reinas). Also at Cannes, Madrid-based sales outfit Kevin Williams Associates picked up European rights on Patagonik's recent catalogue.