29 projects receive co-prod'n aid
MADRID — Viggo Mortensen starrer “Everyone Has a Plan,” Daniel Burman’s latest, “All In,” and “The Quispe Girls,” from Pablo and Juan de Dios Larrain’s Fabula, are among 29 co-productions receiving coin from Ibermedia.Madrid-based, and targeting films from Latin America, Spain and Portugal, Ibermedia allots subsidy coin for co-production, development, distribution and training. From “The Secret in Their Eyes” co-producers, Spain’s Tornasol Films and Argentina’s Haddock Films, plus Terz Films and Tornasol sister company Castafiore Films, identity theft thriller “Plan” is one of Latin America’s highest-profile 2011 productions. It is currently shooting. Fox Intl. Prods. announced last month it had picked up worldwide rights. Ibermedia’s awards underscore Ibero-America’s inexorable move into bigger-budget fare, increasingly backed by Hollywood studios, burgeoning financing-production entities or sales agents of note. Produced by Burman’s Buenos Aires BD Cine, with Tornasol serving as a minority partner, “All In,” a professional poker world-set romantic comedy, is BD Cine’s biggest production to date, tabbed at $1.5 million. Lead-produced by Spain’s Roxbury Pics., “Blind Alley” is co-produced by Callejon Prods., backed by Colombia’s private-sector film investment fund Dynamo Capital. Ibermedia recipients include established or fast up-and-coming auteurs: Bolivia’s Juan Carlos Valdivia with “Kandire — Tierra sin mal,” a Guarani Indian’s take on the white man; Brazil’s Lucia Murat, with “Sala de espera,” an ironic portray of Brazil’s 1968 generation; and “America,” the sophomore outing from Chile’s Matias Lira (“Drama”). The awards also take in potentially notable debuts: “The Quispe Girls,” the first fiction film from Chilean documaker Sebastian Sepulveda (“El arenal”), which won Guadalajara’s coveted Churubusco Prize this March; “Estela,” from first-timer Nicolas Gil Lavedra, the life drama of the president of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo Assn.; “Towrope,” from Colombian William Vega, Oscar Ruiz Navia’s a.d. on “Crab Trap”; and “Tanta agua,” a family drama set at a semi-deserted spa, helmed by Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge, and produced by Fernando Epstein’s Montevideo-based Control Z. A second Ibermedia awards round takes place in November.