An overview of noteworthy pics from Chile
Director: Pablo Illanes
Production: Arrebato, El Asombro, Los Tres Mosqueteros
The Pitch: A country house-set slasher in the sometimes hot-selling Latino horror genre, this routine but memorable thriller has initiated major territory sales.
Director: Cristian Jimenez
Production: Jirafa, Rizoma (Argentina), Ukbar (Portugal), Rouge Intl. (France)
The Pitch: Developed at the Cannes fest Residence and winning March’s prestigious Toulouse Films in Progress, this audience-pleasing comic drama about two lit students’ affair is directed by Jimenez, whose “Optical Illusions” sold major territories.
Sales: Rezo Films
Director: Fernando Guzzoni
Production: Ceneca, JBA (France), Hanfgam & Ufer (Germany)
The Pitch: Another Residence project, portraying the current life of a Pinochet regime torturer, from Matias Bize producer Adrian Solar and JBA in France.
Director: Matias Lira
Production: Ocio, BF Distribution
The Pitch: Mind games and sex make a potent mix in this Slamdance hit. Screening at the Marche.
Sales: BF Distribution
Director: Jorge Olguin
Production: Olguin Films, Hollywood Studios Int’l (HSI)
The Pitch: Horror/fantasy. Chile’s first live-action 3D pic, in English.
Sales: HSI Films
Director: Francisca Fuenzalida
Production: Zona Cinema
The Pitch: A near-chamber piece that still says much about class and conservatism in modern-day Chile from a director who belongs to a new breed of Chilean distaff HD helmers.
THE LIFE OF FISH
Director: Matias Bize
Production: Ceneca Prods.
The Pitch: Relationship drama has collected many awards, including Spain’s Goya, and served as Chile’s 2010 entry in the Oscar-foreign language film category.
Sales: Ceneca Prods.
Director: Pablo Larrain
Production: Fabula, Canana (Mexico), Autentika (Germany)
The Pitch: With its still relevant subject (the human toll of Pinochet’s coup), this Venice competish player got rave reviews and 13 territory sales, establishing Larrain as a director with a voice, a formal vigor and a market.
Sales: Funny Balloons
Director: Jairo Boisier
Production: Zapik Films, Escala Humana, Forastero
The Pitch: A 30-year-old porn star tries to regain acceptance from family and friends when she goes home to retire. Features “The Maid” thesp Catalina Saavedra and won Belfort Film Fest Work in Progress award.
Director: Sebastian Brahm
Production: Escala Humana, Forastero, La Ventura, Domenica Films (Arg)
The Pitch: Another gem from “The Maid” producer Gregorio Gonzalez, Brahm’s intense feature debut tracks a brilliant neuroscientist who finds his cutting-edge theories on human memory falling short of reality. In post.
THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY
Director: Dominga Santamayor
Production: Forastero, Cinestacion, U-Media, Circe Films (Netherlands)
The Pitch: Feature debut from “The Maid” producer Gregorio Gonzalez was a Cannes Residence 2010 selection and Hubert Bals Fund recipient. While camping together two sibs discover their parents are splitting up. In post.
UNDERGROUND NOTEBOOKS: COPIACO 2010
Director: Carmen Castillo, Sylvie Blum
Production: Ina (France)
The Pitch: Directed by Castillo, whose Wild Bunch-sold “Santa Fe Street” was a 2007 Un Certain Regard standout, “Copico” explores the aftermath of October’s Chilean miners’ rescue: sudden fame, promises of fortunes and the return to normalcy.
Director: James Katz
Production: Southern Lights Ent.
The Pitch: Debut feature by USC grad James Katz, co-founding partner of Southern Lights Entertainment, features American tourists who stumble upon the horrific secrets of a vineyard. In English and Spanish.
THE YEAR OF THE TIGER
Director: Sebastian Lelio
The Pitch: The latest from “The Sacred Family” helmer, now in post at Fabula. Set during Chile’s May 2010 earthquake.
Director: Andres Wood
Production: Maiz Prods (Arg), Wood Prods, Bossanova Films (Brazil)
The Pitch: Wood’s personal vision of the life of Chilean folksinger, poet, activist and artist Violeta Parra, featuring her emblematic songs. In post.
YOUNG & WILD
Director: Marialy Rivas
Why Care: From powerhouse shingle Fabula, this semi-real story based on the blog of a bisexual girl was made by the helmer of “Blokes,” a 2010 Cannes Shorts Competish entry.
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