'Lion's Den' team rejoins for 'Carancho'

Film centers on ambulance-chasing lawyer out of his depth

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HONG KONG – The team behind last year's Cannes competition entry "Lion's Den" has reunited for new AFM film "Carancho."

The picture, about an ambulance-chasing lawyer who gets into trouble way out of his depth, is again a collaboration between writer-director Pablo Trapero, actress Martina Gusman, Argentinian producers Matanza Cine, Patagonik Film Group and South Korea's Finecut. French distributor Ad Vitam also returns as investor and local distributor. Finecut will handle world rights sales outside Latin America and France.

Production is now under way in Buenos Aires, with Ricardo Darin ("Son of the Bride," "Nine Queens") as the sleazeball lawyer. Delivery is set for early summer 2010.

"This film is a classic 'film noir, like those of the 1940s and 1950s, where the police plot quietly became a portrait of a complicated social fabric," said Trapero. "It is also the description of the privacy of characters trying to survive in an unstable world, where a fact that seems minor can trigger a series of fatalities. It is, in its own way, the desperate love story between a man and a woman, immersed in a market where disgrace is the currency."