Ventana Sur rough cut showcase launches new Copia 0 prize

Alvaro Viguera’s “Perez,” Gustavo Trevino’s “De martes a martes” and Juan Carlos Melo’s “Field of Amapolas” are among the film that will unspool at Primer Corte, a first-cut films showcase at December’s Ventana Sur.

“De martes,” an ethical drama that turns on a lumbering factory worker who witnesses a rape, comes from four-year-old Buenos Aires shingle Carrousel Films, which produced Natalia Smirnoff’s Berlin 2010 competition player “Puzzle.”

“Amapolas,” the first feature to shoot in the Colombian region of helmer Narino, is about a boy romping in Colombia, whose playful days are numbered. Pic is produced by Chirimoya Films’ Alexandra Yepes and by Maja Zimmermann, whose “Porfirio” played Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight. A 15-minute cut of the film was shown at Locarno’s Carte Blanche in August.

“Perez” about a father’s strained re-encounter with the 22-year-old daughter he’s ignored, represents perhaps the dominant theme in Corte films this year — a younger generations of Latin Americans whose parents have failed them. Actress Elisa Zulueta penned the pic, adapting her own stage play. The film is co-produced by Gregorio Gonzalez at Chile’s Forastero, whose credits include “The Maid.”

Primer Corte titles that screen at first cut vie for a Haciendo Cine award, ensuring post-production services through to a 35mm print. The winner of a new award, Copia 0, will get distribution from U.S. exhib Cinemark in Argentina, Chile and Peru

“Latin American cinema has difficulties with exhibition all over the region,” said Liliana Mazure, prexy of Argentina’s Incaa Film Institute. “We have to find answers.”

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