‘The Ballad Of Hortensia:’ El Salvador-set comedy premieres – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: The cameras are rolling The Ballad of Hortensiaa body-swapping comedy from Premiere Entertainment set in El Salvador, starring Francisco Gattorno (Julian Schnabels Before night falls) and Helena Haro (Black warrant).

Arturo Menendez (Malacrianza) is directing the pic from a screenplay by Javier Reyna, based on a story by Yudice and Menendez. Julio Yudice, best known in El Salvador for his satirical portrayal of a native woman known as La Tenchis, also stars.

Plot follows the life of a narcissistic male comedian (Yudice) who wakes up in the body of the opposite sex after a car accident. The fantasy comedy is being produced by Elias Axume with Carlos Rincon and Lizzy Gonzalez serving as executive producers for Premiere Entertainment. Marvin Galeas is associate producer.

The picture continues Premiere’s work in El Salvador, which follows Fireflies at El Mozotea Salvadoran civil war epic co-produced with Bob Yari (Crash, Yellowstone), which is in post-production and under development. The company is also in development on the Salvadoran espionage thriller Curfew.

Lead Gattorno has been a fixture as a leading man in Mexican soap operas for over 25 years, the most recent being El Señor de los Cielos and La Desalmada. Haro is best known for his recurring role on the Amazon series El Juego de las Llaves and will be seen in the upcoming crime thriller Desert Dawn starring Kellan Lutz.

The premiere slate includes rom-com Plan B, starring Jon Heder; supernatural thriller Nefarious, which grossed $5.4 million at the US box office; action superhero Sri Asih, released on Disney+ in Asia; and the murder mystery What Remains, starring Kellan Lutz and Anne Heche.

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