Pic is Arbelaez's followup to 'Colors of the Mountain'
France’s Urban Factory (aka U Media) is teaming with RCN Films, a unit of Colombian web RCN, to produce helmer-scribe Carlos Cesar Arbelaez’s sophomore pic, “What They Called Love.”RCN Films and E-nnovva, the new media and digital company that runs RCN Films, will lead produce. Urban Distribution Intl. has acquired international rights to “Love.” RCN Films general manager Julian Giraldo takes a producer’s credit. Deal was negotiated at last week’s Guadalajara Film Market where “Love” featured in the Ibero-American Co-production Meeting. A contempo criss-crosser, “Love” features stories — a mother forced to collect her dead son’s remains, a call girl who fears maternity, a man obsessed by the death of a friend — that mix guilt, trauma, fractured maternal-child relations, shattered dreams and obsessions with the past.”The film’s about the past, which haunts the present, impeding its characters from turning the page,” Arbelaez said. Arbelaez is completing the screenplay, which won a screenplay award at Spain’s Fundacion Carolina. He will use non-pros in the cast. “These are urban, night-time dramas, which hew close to reality: We need verisimilitude,” he told Variety. “Love” will shoot by year-end, added Schnedecker, who said that Urban and RCN were working on several projects. Turning on the horrors of Colombia’s armed conflict, “The Colors of the Mountain,” Arbelaez’s RCN-produced and UDI-sold debut, won San Sebastian 2010’s €90,000 ($126,700) New Director Award and was sold Stateside to Film Movement, among 17 territory sales to date.