Screen gems at the market
5 X FAVELA
Five-part omnibus feature helmed by young favela residents trained by vet helmer Carlos Diegues. Upbeat premiere at Cannes.
Sales: Elle Driver
(Alejandra Suarez, Mexico)
A study of pedophilia in the Catholic Church and banner Latin Side of the Doc feature from “Lower Juarez” director Sanchez. ABALLAY
(Fernando Spiner, Argentina)
Spiner (“Goodbye Moon”) directs this Western about a young man’s quest to kill his father’s killer, an aging gaucho who wants to end his life of crime. A CURSED SUMMER
(Luis Ortega, Argentina)
Ortega (“Dirty Saints”) adapts Mikio Oshima’s short store of a couple distanced by tragedy. Also plays Mar del Plata Festival. BABY SHOWER
Debut feature from telenovela helmer/scribe Pablo Illanes, a self-confessed lover of gothic thrillers. Terror stalks four women at a baby shower. Market debut.
Sales: Ondamax Films BEYOND THE GRAVE
(Porto dos Mortos) (Brazil)
The first Brazilian take on the zombie genre by Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro. Inspired by Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns, pic follows a cop chasing a serial killer in a zombie-infested world.
Sales: Ondamax Films CEFALOPODO
(Ruben Imaz, Mexico)
Artist wanders Mexico to reconcile girlfriend’s death in artfully shot pic. Lauded in Guadalajara, international TV deal pending.
Sales: Imcine/Canana COLD WATER OF THE SEA
(Paz Fabrega, Costa Rica)
Debut about two girls reevaluating their lives at a beach in Costa Rica. Rotterdam Tiger winner.
Sales: Films Boutique THE COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN
(Carlos Cesar Arbelaez, Colombia)
Debut feature about two boys, their soccer ball and a minefield. San Sebastian New Directors kudos.
Sales: U Media CRAB TRAP
(El Vuelco del Cangrejo), (Oscar Ruiz Navia, Colombia)
Ruiz Navia’s debut feature about a clash of cultures reps Colombia at the Oscars. Won Fispresci kudos at Berlin, Special Jury Prize for Best Debut at Havana.
Sales: M-Appeal ELVIS & MADONA
(Marcelo Laffitte, Brazil)
Copacabana-set romantic comedy depicting a young lesbian and drag queen love affair. Laffitte’s debut placed well with critics at the Rio Fest.
Sales: Rendez-Vous EVEN THE RAIN
(Iciar Bollain, Spain)
Chronicle, written by Paul Laverty, of Christopher Columbus film shoot in Bolivia. Strong initial sales off Toronto preem.
Sales: Wild Bunch FROM BEGINNING TO END
(Aluizio Abranches, Brazil)
Rosy take on half-brothers’ love tale. TLA picked up for U.S.; other major territories have also nabbed pic.
Sales: Wide Management FUCK MY LIFE
(Que pena tu vida), (Nicolas Lopez, Chile)
Lopez’s romantic comedy re: love in the time of Facebook. No. 1 Chilean pic this year.
Sales: Bf Distribution GATURRO
(Gustavo Cova, Argentina)
In this 3D animated comedy, a cheeky cat will do whatever it takes to win over his dream girl from a swanky rival. THE GOOD HERBS
(Maria Novaro, Mexico)
Lyrical mother-daughter meditation is Novaro’s first feature in a decade. Pic took FIPRESCI and public prizes in Guadalajara.
Sales: Interior 13. THE INVISIBLE EYE
(Diego Lerman, Argentina)
Lerman (“Suddenly”) takes on this tale of a teacher out to bust students for smoking, set at the tail end of Argentina’s military dictatorship. France and U.S. sold.
Sales: Pyramide MARIMBAS FROM HELL
(Julio Hernandez-Cordon, Guatemala)
Marimba meets heavy metal in this wry best fiction pic winner at Morelia.
Sales: FiGa I’LL GET MY CIGARETTES AND BE RIGHT BACK DARLING
(Mariano Cohn, Gaston Duprat, Argentina)
A droll Faustian tale of a man revisiting his past and amending errors. In pre-production. LOS LABIOS
(Santiago Loza, Ivan Fund, Argentina)
Three women face poverty and futile state social policies as social workers in small-town Argentina, from Loza (“Strange”) and Fund (“The Laugh”). LOPE
(Andrucha Waddington, Brazil)
Spirited biopic of Golden Age playwright and homme fatale Lope de Vega. Third highest-grossing Spanish pic on hometurf this year.
Sales: Wild Bunch MALU DE BICICLETA
(Flavio Tambellini, Brazil)
Rio-set romantic comedy, based on Marcelo Rubens Paiva’s novel. Downtown/RioFilme to release in Feb. 19 NORBERTO’S DEADLINE
(Daniel Hendler, Uruguay)
Deliciously dramedic tale of a hangdog salesman discovering his acting vocation. Directorial debut from Silver Bear-winning thesp.
Sales: Outsider OCTOBER
(Diego and Daniel Vega, Peru)
A solitary pawnbroker finds romance. Un Certain Regard Grand Jury winner, sold to 11 territories, including New Yorker Films.
Sales: U Media OUR HOME
(Wagner de Assis, Brazil)
Local big-budget released by Fox in Brazil in Sept. Based on best-selling book of Chico Xavier. POST MORTEM
(Pablo Larrain, Chile)
A visual tour-de-force, set during Chile’s bloody 1973 military coup. A critics fave at Venice where it competed.
Sales: Funny Balloons THE PRIZE
(Paula Markovitch, Mexico-Argentina)
The scribe of autuer Fernando Eimbke makes directorial debut about a young schoolgirl’s political education in an Argentine village. SUMMER OF GOLIATH
(Nicolas Pereda, Mexico)
A glimpse of village life as it tracks a woman whose husband just left her. Venice Horizons Prize.
Sales: FiGa THE SILENT HOUSE
(Gustavo Hernandez, Uruguay)
Shock fest has closed 30 territories after preeming in Directors’ Fortnight.
Sales: Elle Driver 25 WE ARE WHAT WE ARE
(Jorge Michel Grau, Mexico)
Dry-humored, humanistic take on a Mexican family of flesh-eaters. IFC among high-caliber buyers.
Sales: Wild Bunch
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