Terrazas' debut plays Venice Critics' Week

Los Angeles-based FiGa Films has acquired world rights outside Mexico to writer-helmer Kyzza Terrazas’ “Machete Language,” a love story with a political underbelly, which world preems today in Venice Critics’ Week.

“Machete” records the downward spiral of a self-destructive political activist, bent on an act of terrorism, and his goth girlfriend.

Terrazas’ directorial debut is produced by Mexico City shingle Mr. Woo and exec produced by Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna with whom Terrazas has a long relationship. He headed development at their Mexican production shingle Canana until 2009 when he left to make “Language.”

Terrazas wrote Bernal’s first feature as a director, “Deficit,” which premiered in Cannes Critics’ Week.

“Machete” departs from the premise that essential injustice persists in the world but questions both the satisfaction of love and the effectiveness of youth rebellion, Terrazas said.

“Films such as ‘Y tu mama tambien’ have explored the internal contradictions of Mexico. My film could be seen as a self-critique,” Terrazas told Variety.

Toplining Andres Almeida and punk singer Jessy Bulbo, it was first seen in rough cut at last September’s San Sebastian Films in Progress, where it was one of the edgier projects.

Terrazas has “built a very dark but highly appealing and original world. It’s an honor for us to be behind this major new talent,” said FiGa founder Sandro Fiorin.

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