France’s Cine-Sud boards ‘Dust’

Shingle has nine Latin American co-prods

MADRID — Thierry Lenouvel’s Paris-based Cine-Sud Promotion is driving ever more deeply into Latin American production as it boards Colombian helmer Ruben Mendoza’s “Dust on the Tongue” as co-producer.

The helmer’s third feature, which turns on the confrontation between two grandsons and their dying grandfather (Variety, Nov. 24), is lead-produced by Bogota’s Diafragma, headed by Mendoza and Daniel Garcia. The film rolled Feb. 7 on Colombia’s Eastern Plains.

As co-producer, Cine-Sud can put up equity, guide less-experienced producers, tap world cinema funds, position films for pix-in-post showcases and festivals, and push through French distribution.

Argentinean Hernan Belon’s Venice player “In the Open,” which Cine-Sud also co-produced, will be released by Bodega on June 6 in France.

Cine-Sud will bow Mendoza’s “The Stoplight Society” on limited release in France from June, first at Paris’ Cinema La Clef, Lenouvel said.

Les Films du Paradoxe will release another Cine-Sud co-pro, Colombian Carlos Osuna’s partly-rotoscoped toon pic “Fat, Bald, Short Man,” in September.

Meanwhile, Cine-Sud has four co-pros in post.

Road movie “Villegas” portrays the re-encounter of two cousins, once childhood friends, whose life-paths have diverged. The pic is the feature debut of Argentina’s Gonzalo Tobal, the winner of Cannes Cinefondation Selection. It is co-produced with Rei Cine.

William Vega’s debut “Towrope” is “the first Colombian film where you feel a fear of violence, but never see it,” Lenouvel said. The pic, which is set on the Andes plateau, is co-produced by Oscar Ruiz Navia’s Contravia and Diana Bustamante’s Burning Blue.

Juan Andres Arango’s “The Beach,” a Bogota coming-of-age drama, played San Sebastian’s 2011 Films in Progress. Bustamante again co-produces.

Colombian Ivan Wald’s “Edificio royal,” which depicts events at a crumbling building, delivers “blackly comedic social allegory,” Lenouvel said. “Edificio” is set up at Ciro Guerra’s Ciudad Lunar.

Another Cine-Sud co-prod, Mexican Celso Garcia’s “The Thin Yellow Line,” shoots in September. The pic was pitched at Cannes Atelier.

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