by Lauren Pringle, contibutting blogger
Famous for his role in CSI: Miami, the North American actor David Caruso has been location scouting in search of inspiration for his next feature film entitled “Chacarita”. Due to be filmed later on this year, the actor has recently been spotted in the city on a quick stint to search for his co-protagonist and get everything in order.
Having not been on the big screen for 10 years, Caruso seems to have fallen in love with Buenos Aires so much that it has inspired a return. In an interview with Hola, Argentina, Caruso explains his motivations as to what first brought him to Buenos Aires. Having a manager who although born in the USA, has Argentine parents was a great influence on Caruso. He explains his manager consistently insisted he visit Buenos Aires as he was so sure of how he would fall in the love with the city and the people. Caruso jokes “he was not wrong”. He also explains how upon visiting he saw the huge potential that the city has to offer and how he thought it would be a great place to explore and develop a project.
Caruso explains to Hola, “There are few times when i see people so creative and full of empathy. My first visit was in June 2011 and after that I was sold that Buenos Aires is simply marvellous”. He continues as to why in particular he chose to film the production in Argentina. “The potential of this country is amazing and on a global scale, it seems like the perfect moment to start making cinema in other places around the world with new actors and teams of people that can show other cultures and other ways of telling stories. With this new project i hope it will be just the first in exploring new niches. It is also very important to show the cultural link between Latin America and the USA”.
The production is set to start later this year and is called “Chacarita” inspired by the cemetery. Caruso explains how he has been to Paris and Moscow and yet here in Buenos Aires, he has never seen such beautiful and incredible cemeteries. The story is simple and human, following a guy from the USA who moves to Buenos Aires and falls in love with an Argentine girl much younger than him. They marry and have a child. Living a peaceful life, the plot thickens when their child mysteriously dies. The pain overtakes the couple and they separate. The guy moves back to the USA but realises after time that he cannot continue without his ex-wife. He moves back to Buenos Aires with the intention of starting things over again.
Caruso takes pride in recognizing the incredible potential of film and cinema in other countries outside of the US. He wants to explore and show other cultures on a global scale, as this is a great way to educate and taste a slice of another world. Watch this space!