KWA picks up ‘Waking Dreams’

Deal cements Mexican connection

MADRID — As Hollywood studios and indies turn their eyes toward Mexico, attracted by its Oscar-nommed helmers and generous new tax breaks, Spanish sales agent KWA is ramping up its links to the in-favor industry.

In the latest move, KWA has taken international rights to “Waking Dreams,” the latest project from Mexican auteur Maryse Sistach. Pic will mark Sistach’s debut in English-language filmmaking.

It returns to Sistach’s femme-centric universe, this time laced with fantasy elements, as a mother attempts to help a daughter realize her greatest desires.

“Waking Dreams” will be produced out of Mexico by Sistach’s Tragaluz, run by her husband Jose Buil.

KWA prexy Kevin Williams is aiding Buil set up key cast. This, he said, “should be international actors of stature.”

Some 80% of the film will shoot in Mexico, he added.

“Dreams” extends a Tragaluz-KWA alliance. Before Cannes, KWA inked international rights outside Mexico to Sistach’s latest completed film, “El Brassier de Emma” (Emma’s Bra).

The Madrid-based sales agency also reps Sistach’s “La Nina en la piedra” (The Girl in the Stone).

Beyond the left-of-field Carlos Reygadas, whose “Silent Light” shared Cannes’ jury prize this year, Sistach is one answer to the question: What directorial talent is there in Mexico beyond the tres amigos of Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”), Alfonso Cuaron (“Children of Men”) and Alejandro Gonzalez-Inarritu (“Babel”)?

A rare distaff directorial presence in Mexico, she’s established her auteurist credentials with a hard-hitting teen trilogy, begun with “Perfume de violetas,” a rape drama, and closed by “Girl,” about bullying.

“Bra” takes a much lighter turn: as the ’60s pop explosion hits Mexico, a 12-year-old girl suffers hormonal explosion, and determines to acquire her first cantilever support. That entails pilfering her neighbors’ washing.

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