RIO DE JANEIRO — With one American feature already being fully shot in Brazil, locals are hoping it represents the beginning of a trend. U.S. helmer Eric Eason kicked off production on thriller “Journey to the End of the Night” in September, starring Brendan Fraser, rapper Mos Def, Scott Glenn and Catalina Sandino Moreno.
Fernando Meirelles’ indie production company O2 Filmes is providing local production services for the English-language thriller about a man and his son trying to escape their lives in Brazil’s sex industry.
Eason, who previously made the Hispanic-themed, New York-set “Manito,” is working with a Brazilian cast and crew, including thesps Matheus Nachtergaele, Alice Braga, Paulo Miklos and Ailton Graca, d.p. Uli Burtin and art director Chico Andrade.
Millennium/Nu Image and Germany’s Equity Pictures are producing. Lensing will wrap at the end of October, with post production finished in the U.S.
Sao Paulo shoot
“This the largest Hollywood film fully made in Brazil. All the shooting will be in Sao Paulo and nearby Santos,” says exec producer Hank Levine, who is in charge of O2’s international production division. Levine hopes “Journey” will be the first of many foreign projects to shoot in Brazil, and says 02 is negotiating other international producers on projects.
Brazil is already an established site for ad production. O2 produces an annual average of 15 to 20 commercials for foreign ad agencies, and there are several other local production companies, such as Conspiracoes Filmes, doing the same. Levine says low production costs and racial diversity are some of the attractions for foreign shoots, coupled with 02’s experience on pics like “City of God.”