Argentina, Mexico, Spain conjure 'Boca'

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BUENOS AIRES -- Filmmakers from Argentina, Mexico and Spain are teaming for the production of the supernatural thriller "Boca de Santos" starring two of the Spanish-speaking world's hottest stars.

Argentina's Pablo Echarri, fresh off the worldwide success of Telefe's telenovela "Montecristo," will headline alongside sexy Spanish actress Elsa Pataky, a veteran of European cinema who last appeared in "Snakes on a Plane."

Simon Andreu, Francisco Boira, Tania Esteban, Daniel Martinez, Ofelia Medina, Jose Sefami and Monica Dionee round out the international cast.

Mexico's Satori and Vertigo Films will team with Argentina's Cruz del Sur Cine for the shoot, slated to begin next month in Argentina's Patagonia region, before heading to Barcelona, Spain, and Jalisco, Mexico.

Mexican director Raul Ramon is making his big-screen debut with the project, working from a script penned by Pancho Rodriguez, a protege of Guillermo del Toro.

The film is budgeted at $5 million and expected to be released in the second half of 2008. It will be the biggest international production the three countries have ever done together.

The plot revolves around a psychologist (Pataky) and a clairvoyant TV show host (Echarri) who join together to explore the mysteries of a small Mexican town, Los Santos, whose residents, according to legend, never sleep.
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