Scalpel draws rights to ‘Hamaca’

Shingle nabs Encina debut

Pierre Menahem’s Scalpel Films has snagged worldwide sales rights to Cannes’ Un Certain Regard title “Hamaca Paraguaya,” the first pic to come out of Paraguay since Guillermo Vera’s 1978 drama “Cerro Cora.”

Made for $780,00, “Hamaca” is the directorial debut of Paz Encina, who studied film in Argentina. As a new filmmaker, she is eligible to vie for the Camera d’Or. ID Distribution has picked up French rights.

Drama tracks a couple whose son is fighting in the 1930s war between Paraguay and Bolivia.

Pic is the first of the City of Vienna’s New Crowned Hope projects to receive an international launch.

These are six films exec produced by Simon Field and Keith Griffiths of London’s Illumination Films with financing initiated by the City of Vienna Dept. for Cultural Affairs through the Weiner Festwochen.

They will be screened at the NCH festival in Vienna in November as part of the 250th anniversary celebrations for Mozart’s birth.

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