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FiGa opens biz at San Sebastian

L.A. company acquires 'Dog Flesh,' which world preems at Spanish fest

SAN SEBASTIAN — In a preemptive buy on one of San Sebastian’s potentially notable Latin American world premieres, L.A.-based FiGa has acquired worldwide rights outside Chile, France and Germany to Fernando Guzzoni’s “Dog Flesh.”

The Chilean director’s second feature, “Dog Flesh” bows Tuesday in San Sebastian’s New Directors section, one of the Spanish festival’s strongest sidebars.

Also written by Guzzoni, “Dog Flesh” portrays “the search for redemption of an ex-(Pinochet regime) torturer,” said producer Adrian Solar. Pic chronicles one week in his current life.

Chile’s “Dog Flesh” is lead-produced by Solar’s Ceneca Prods., the company behind Matias Bize’s “The Life of Fishes.” France’s JBA and Germany’s Hanfgarn & Ufer co-produce.

“‘Dog Flesh’ encompasses all the traumas we went through in Latin America during the dictatorship,” said Solar.

“It’s a universal issue, so many places went through this and it continues to happen to this day. It’s as important as the Holocaust, these horrendous crimes and their consequences can’t be forgotten or forgiven,” he added.

A sales, production and financing company, FiGa tracked Guzzoni’s career and “Dog Flesh” since it was put through Cannes Cinefondation’s 2010-11 Residence program. A title with European pedigree, it also received financing from the Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund.

An energetic supporter of young Latin American art-house talent, FiGa’s San Sebastian slate includes Rotterdam Tiger winner “Thursday Till Sunday,” from Chile’s Dominga Sotomayor, and Brazilian Kleber Mendonca Filho’s “Neighboring Sounds,” rave reviewed at Rotterdam.

FiGa has also made its first foray into North African/ Middle East filmmaking, taking worldwide rights on Djamila Sahraoui’s Algeria-set regeneration tale “Yema,” first seen at Venice’s Horizons.

Jenny Natelson contributed to this article.

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