Mandoki documentary deals with election theft
Alfredo Calvino’s Guadalajara, Mexico-based sales and financing company Latinofusion has taken international rights to “Stolen,” the highest-grossing Mexican docu in history.Directed by Luis Mandoki, the documentary feature claims that a right-wing conspiracy involving then-acting Mexican president Vicente Fox stole victory at Mexico’s disputed 2006 election from leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Film sold north of 350,000 tickets in Mexico. “Stolen” wears its political heart on its sleeve: It’s narrated by Lopez Obrador himself. At the same time, Mandoki selected from 30,000 hours of amateur videos from supporters to save the film from becoming a one-man diatribe. At the Berlin fest, Latinofusion is also pushing Alejandro Brugues’ “Personal Belongings.” Film first garnered attention at last year’s Berlin-held Latin American Works in Progress, where extracts screened to buyers and journos. A product of a young generation of Cuban indie film-makers largely working outside the ICAIC (Instituto Cubano de Arte e Industria Cinematograficos) system, “Belongings” chronicles the love affair between a Cuban man desperate to leave the island and a woman determined to stay. “This is a fresh Cuban take on impossible love and separation,” said Calvino. Latinofusion awarded “Belongings” a $20,000 cash prize at the Guadalajara Cine en Construccion showcase last year, plus post-production work through to 35mm print at Mexico City’s New Art Digital labs.