E lena Anaya (The Skin I Live In), Valeria Bertuccelli (A Boyfriend For My Wife) and Esteban Lamothe (The Student) will topline I Thought It Was a Party, directed by Argentina’s Victoria Galardi (Mount Bayo).
UIP will release Party in Argentina. From a Galardi screenplay, Party makes its international bow at San Sebastian’s 1st Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, which kicks off Thursday at the Spanish festival.
A dramedy, Party turns on Ana (Anaya), who starts a passionate relationship with the ex-husband (Lamothe) of a close friend, Lucía (Bertuccelli), while house-sitting for her and looking after her daughter. Lucía has no right to feel betrayed, but she does.
Gale Cine, Galardi’s label, produces with Magma Cine, whose credits include Pablo Fendrik’s two Cannes Critics’ Week entries, The Mugger and Blood Appears, and Israel Adrián Caetano’s upcoming Mala.
The producers are in conversations with a potential international co-producer, said Nathalia Videla Pena, who produces for Magma. They aim to shoot from December in and around Buenos Aires.
Galardi’s films – Bayo, debut Lovely Loneliness, co-helmed with Martín Carranza - are distinguished by irony and quiet psychological observance.
Turning on “friendship, ageing, vanity, and the search for love or its lack,” Party delivers “an ironic take on human bonds, the thin line that sustains relations between a couple and between friends,” Videla Pena observed.
She added that it is also a step-up for Galardi, in its greater maturity, the Argentinean distribution commitment, international cast, and possible international co-production.
Anaya broke through to attention abroad with 2004’s Van Helsing. She also played in Savage Grace and Cairo Time and took notable roles in two of France’s highest-profile action-thrillers of late - testosterone gangster bio Mesrine and full-on actioner Point Blank - before, capping her international breakthrough, played the lead in Skin.
Bertuccelli “can ace deadpan comedy with her eyes closed,” Variety wrote of her performance in Boyfriend. Lamothe sparked praise with his lead turn in Santiago Mitre’s standout 2011 debut, The Student.