The Peruvian director’s first feature is about a girl growing up in Peru in the 1980s, for Barry Films.

Peruvian director Rosario Garcia-Montero has begun principal photography on her debut feature, a magical realism story set in Peru, called The Bad Intentions.

A Peru-Argentina-Germany co-production, the film tells the story of Cayetana, a girl growing up in terrorism-rideen Peru of the 1980’s who convinces herself she will die the day her brother is born.

Produced by Benito Mueller and Wolfgang Mueller of Berlin based production company Barry Films in partnership with producers Paul Typaldos and Stephen Akerman, the film stars 8-year-old Fatima Buntinx, who was found after a four month long search across all Peruvian schools.

Barry Films are handling international sales on the project, which will shoot in and around Lima, Peru.The film came about when Garcia-Montero, who directed the award winning short Are you Feeling Lonely, was taking part in the Berlinale Talent Campus.

Garcia-Montero said:  “I grew up in Peru during the 1980s, a time that had a particular mood and was marked by important changes. After working on this script for five years I am extremely excited to finally be able to tell this very personal story.”