Projects mesh established helmers, younger directors
BERLIN — Spain’s production, sales and financing company Buena Onda Films has unveiled a first sales slate at the Berlin Film Festival, powered by prominent Latin American authors.
Buena Onda’s slate meshes established helmers Eliseo Subiela, Rui Guerra and Victor Gaviria with younger directors, such as Pablo Trapero, a leading light of Argentina’s social realist new wave. Pics include:
- “Familia Rodante” (Rolling Family) from Pablo Trapero (“El Bonaerense”), a rambunctious family’s caravan road-trip across a politically troubled Argentina.
- “Sumas y restas” (Addictions and Subtractions), from Columbia’s Victor Gaviria (“La vendedora de rosas”), one man’s descent into a drug trade hell.
- Sundance World Cinema player, “Doble juego” (Con Game), from Peru’s Alberto Chicho Durant (“Dog’s Eyes”), detailing an elaborate scam by a con-artist.
- Argentine Eliseo Subiela’s “Lifting de corazon” (Heartlift), a lyrical study of love as fleeting madness.
- Rui Guerra’s “La mala hora” (In Evil Hour), adapting Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel about a village’s lust for revenge.
- “Nao por acaso” (Not By Chance), about three control freaks, from Brazilian first-timer Philippe Barcinski.
- Left-of-field political thriller, “L’uomo del sinai” (Sinai Man), from Italian short-film maker Beniamino Catena.
- “Que pasa despues de la coca?” (Coca Leaf Diaries), 24-year-old Roberto Lanza’s revisionist docu portrait of Bolivia’s coca cultivation.
- Actress Julie Delpy’s second feature “Tell Me,” an intimate kidnap drama.
“Addictions” is completed. “Family” will be ready for Cannes.
Buena Onda has enrolled the backing of significant figures in the Latin America and international independent scene such as Walter Salles, Mike Leigh, Simon Channing Williams and Luis Angel Bellaba. “Chance” is co-produced, for example, by “City of God” helmer Fernando Meirelles and partner Andrea Barata Ribeiro at 02 Filmes, “Family” by Axiom’s Douglas Cummins.
Co-producing most of its sales titles, Buena Onda taps a production fund with coin from U.S., Latin America, Europe and South Africa, said chairman Don Ranvaud.
It will use the Monaco-based Intl. Film Collective, which aims to supply tax, subsidy, fund and other incentive solutions to international pic financing.