Ruiz Navia preps 'Crab Trap' followup, 'Funghi'

Oscar Ruiz Navia, director of Colombia’s first Oscar candidate, “Crab Trap,” is teaming with Mexico’s Tiburon Films to produce “The Towrope,” the feature debut of “Crab Trap” a.d. William Vega.

Ruiz Navia is also advancing on “The Funghi,” co-produced with Mexico’s Mantarraya Prods., which produces Carlos Reygadas’ movies.

Written by Vega, “Towrope” turns on a 19-year-old Colombian woman who survives her family’s massacre by para-military assailants, flees to her uncle’s hostal beside La Cocha in the Andes, and rebuilds her life.

When armed violence threatens once more, Alicia has to decide whether to move on again.

Focusing on what’s left after Colombia’s armed conflict, “the ashes after the fire,” as Ruiz Navia describes it, “Towrope” is a metaphor “not only of Colombia but the human condition,” he said.

“Towrope” has just pulled down a crucial Ibermedia co-production subsidy for $80,000. It rolls Aug. 8.

The pic is produced by Ruiz Navia’s Contravia Films and Diana Bustamante’s Burning Blue plus Tiburon. Bustamante was a producer on “Trap.”

Meanwhile, Ruiz Navia is writing California-set “The Funghi,” chronicling two adolescents’ passion for street art. Developed at the Cannes Festival’s Cinefondation Residence, “Funghi” is co-produced by Contravia, Burning Blue, France’s Arizona Films and Jaime Romandia’s Mantarraya; it starts shooting in the second half of 2012.”Crab Trap” won a Fipresci 2009 Berlinale Forum prize, a Havana Festival first film special jury prize, and a new director nod at Spain’s Las Palmas Festival. It screened in Toronto’s 2009 Discovery section.

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