Producer Eddie Saeta unveils 'Talkies' at Venice
France’s Capricci Films has taken French and international rights to helmer Pere Vila’s “The Stoning of Saint Stephen.”Now in post, the French-language “Stoning” is produced by Eddie Saeta founder Luis Minarro whose “Hollywood Talkies,” helmed by Spaniards Oscar Perez and Maria del Mar de Ribot, screens in the Venice Horizons section today. Barcelona-based Eddie Saeta also co-produced helmer Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.” A low-budget portrait of daily suffering, “Stoning” turns on the solitude of an old man, Etienne, who lives alone. Already feeling poorly, he is hounded by his landlady, who wants him out. Vila’s debut, rites-of-passage tale “Rail Road Crossing,” was well received on the fest circuit, playing San Sebastian, London and Gijon among 17 events. “Stoning” is also produced by France’s L’Age d’Or and Girona-based service company DDM Visual. Eddie Saeta is now in post on Javier Rebollo’s “El muerto y ser feliz.” An Argentina-shot road movie, it stars Spanish actor Jose Sacristan as a dying hitman who takes to the road for one last time. Minarro calls documentary feature “Hollywood Talkies” “a chronicle of failure.” It follows Spanish filmmakers who went to Hollywood in the early 1930s to make Spanish-language export versions of Hollywood pics. It includes shots of the often now-deserted haunts in Hollywood they once frequented.