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Zoe Saldana brings ‘Keyhole Garden’ to ABQ

Zoe Saldana, right, and husband Marco Perego-Saldana bring their next project, “Keyhole Garden,” to film in Albuquerque. (Jordan Strauss/Invision)

Immigration is a hot-button issue in the country.

The upcoming film, “Keyhole Garden,” will tell one story when it begins production in New Mexico on Monday, Aug. 26.

There are some heavy hitters behind the project with director Marco Perego and actress Zoe Saldana.

“Keyhole Garden” traces the romance of a man and woman whose love for each other struggles to overcome the divisiveness of life on America’s Southern border.

The film is an exploration of immigration and the fragility of life through three interwoven narratives:

  • A young boy trying to save his undocumented friend from deportation.
  • An immigration agent unknowingly dooming a former lover.
  • A cartel trafficker carrying out his last mission.

According to the New Mexico Film Office, production will take place in Albuquerque.

“… And employ approximately 100 New Mexico crew members, 40 New Mexico actors and stunt performers, and 390 background extras,” according to a release.

The film is written by Perego-Saldana and Rick Rapoza.

Julie Yorn, Alexandra Milchan, Robert Kravis and Karl Herrmann will produce.

Locally, Sande Alessi Casting held a casting call for the following roles:

  • Hispanic/Latin descent women and men with very interesting features.
  • Men and women should be between 22 and 70 years old, thin to average build.

“Very artistic film, weathered broken down scene,” the post stated.

The casting call was for Wednesday, Aug. 21.

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