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Pedro Almodóvar’s renowned production company, El Deseo, is collaborating once again with Peru’s leading producer, Tondero, to co-produce Salvador del Solar’s second feature film following his acclaimed debut, “Magallanes.”
The upcoming drama, titled “Un lugar para Ramon” (“A Place for Ramon”), unfolds within the backdrop of Peru’s extended COVID-19 lockdown. The story revolves around two men: a Peruvian resident confined to his apartment with the ashes of his estranged father and a Spaniard unable to leave the country due to the closure of Lima’s airport.
Their lives intersect under these extraordinary circumstances, leading to a friendship that deepens into more complex and ambiguous territory. Del Solar, who co-wrote the screenplay with Hector Galvez, known for directing and writing “NN” and “Paraiso,” describes it as akin to two individuals stranded on an isolated island, cut off from the outside world.
“Un lugar para Ramon” gained crucial support when it was selected as one of six projects to receive grants from the Ministry of Culture’s audiovisual directorate, DAFO. The selection came from a pool of approximately 70 submissions.
The jury commended the film for its “sophisticated, profound, and contemporary exploration of the friendship between two men that challenges heteronormativity through a masterful handling of erotic play and seduction.” They praised the script’s maturity, well-developed characters, and skillful progression of scenes and dramatic arcs, allowing for an in-depth exploration of a relationship that transcends mere sexual connection and emerges as an urgent existential need between individuals.
El Deseo’s involvement enhances the film’s international appeal and potential success. Salvador del Solar expressed his gratitude for the collaboration, having previously worked with Tondero on “Magallanes,” which traveled to various festivals and garnered acclaim.
The financing for “Un lugar para Ramon” is nearly complete, with DAFO and other Peruvian backers covering approximately 40% of the budget. Tondero Colombia contributes 30% while leveraging Colombian incentives, and the remaining 30% is expected to come from El Deseo, which is in discussions with a platform that could cover Spanish and Latin American territories. Alternatively, they may seek Spanish incentives.
El Deseo has a history of supporting Latin American cinema, including acclaimed films such as “Wild Tales,” “The Clan,” “Zama,” and “El Angel.” Esther Garcia, executive producer at El Deseo, expressed their enthusiasm for Salvador del Solar’s project and their confidence in his ability to tell a sensitive and courageous story about the friendship between two men.
This collaboration marks another exciting chapter in the partnership between El Deseo and Tondero, reaffirming their commitment to fostering exceptional filmmaking in Latin America.