Cannes Daily Spotlight 2012: Colombia

Anina
Director: Alfredo Soderguit
Production: Antorcha, Palermo Animation
Animated pic about a 10-year-old girl who receives a mysterious black envelope that changes her life. Backed by Ibermedia, Vision Sud Est, Fona Uruguay development funds.

Choco
Director: Jhonny Hendrix
Production: Antorcha
Sales: Memento
Producer Jhonny Hendrix’s helming debut. Audience winner at the 52nd Cartagena Film Festival, which it opened after its world preem in Berlin’s Panorama. Pioneering pic spotlights Colombia’s indigenous people.

The Crack
Director: Alfonso Acosta
Production: Cabecitanegra Prods.
Horror pic nurtured at the Rotterdam Lab. Argentina’s Lucrecia Martel (“The Headless Woman”) serves as script consultant.

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Director: Simon Brand
Production: Amazonas, Ennovva
English-language, found-footage skyjacking drama from the helmer of acclaimed box office hit “Paraiso Travel.” Starring David Oyelowo, Katherine Moennig.

Eso que llaman amor
Director: Carlos Cesar Arbelaez
Production: El Bus, RCN Cine, Ennovva
Pic is Arbelaez’s follow-up to his award-winning “The Colors of the Mountain,” in which the city of Medellin becomes the focal point of four intersecting stories. In pre-production.

The Hook
Director: Sandra Higuita Marin
Production: Ennovva, Independencia Realizadores, Never Land (Spain)
Debut pic by the assistant director of Victor Gaviria’s “The Rose Seller” tells the story of two young men from the Medellin slums who set out to reach the sea on bicycles by hooking on to passing trucks.

La escribana de uraba
Directors: Michael and Jeff Zimbalist
Production: Antorcha, XYZ Films (U.S.)
In pre-production, bilingual pic will star a U.S. and Colombian cast. A company rep is forced to choose between loyalties when she’s sent to probe a murder in her multinational employer’s Colombian outpost.

Los hongos
Director: Oscar Ruiz Navia
Production: Contravia Films, Burning Blue, Mantarraya (Mexico), Arizona (France)
Developed at Cannes’ Residence program, Ruiz Navia’s second pic centers on two disenchanted graffiti artists in the city of Cali. Ruiz Navia’s debut feature, “Crab Trap,” repped Colombia in the 2010 Foreign Oscars race. Shoot starts in November.

Operation Checkmate

Production: Ennovva Films, Greg Shapiro, Amazonas
English-language drama based on the actual rescue of ex-presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and other fellow-hostages in Colombia. Screen Gems to distribute in the U.S.

Out of the Dark
Director: Lluis Quilez
Production: Dynamo, Apaches (Spain), XYZ (U.S.).
Sales: Participant Media (worldwide rights)
An American executive and his family relocate to Colombia only to find that their new town carries a terrifying supernatural legacy. In development.

ROA
Director: Andres Baiz
Production: Dynamo, Patagonik Film Group (Argentina)
Helmer-scribe Baiz’s third pic after “Satanas” and Fox Intl.’s “The Hidden Face.” Period thriller in prep is based on real events concerning Juan Roa, the alleged assassin of Colombian presidential candidate Jorge Eliecer Gaitan in 1948.

Sanandresito
Director: Alessandro Angulo
Production: Laberinto
Now in post, comic thriller stars Colombian character actor Andres Parra as a slacker cop falsely accused of murder. Script is by Jorg Hiller, who wrote blockbuster “Sonar no cuesta nada.”

Secreto de confesion
Director: Henry Rivero
Production: Drive (Venezuela), RCN Cine, Ennovva
“En coma” helmer Rivero’s pic, now in post, weaves three interlocking stories about a priest, a senator and a policeman. Project is co-produced by Rivero and Edgar Ramirez’s (“Carlos”) Drive

Sheltering Grounds
Director: Carlos Montaner
Production: Ennovva Films, Aluna Films
English-language, Cuba-set thriller based on events in the ’80s when a young Peruvian diplomat faced off with the Cuban military after he took in 10,000 Cubans seeking refuge in the embassy. Pre-production.

Sofia y el terco
Director: Andres Burgos
Production: Faldita Films
Starring former Pedro Almodovar muse Carmen Maura, Burgos’ debut feature snagged the grand jury prize at the 52nd Cartagena Film Festival.

The Vanishing Elephant
Director: Javier Fuentes-Leon
Production: Dynamo, El Calvo (Peru), Cactus Flower (Spain)
Writer-director Fuentes-Leon’s follow-up to his Sundance audience award winner, “Contracorriente” (Undertow). A crime novelist finds himself caught up in a dangerous game when he unearths a mysterious photograph that will lead him to his missing fiancee.

Tierra en la lengua
Director: Ruben Mendoza
Production: Dia Fragma Fabrica
Mendoza’s follow-up to “The Stoplight Society.” A man’s grandchildren refuse to help him commit suicide to avenge their mistreatment at his hands. In post.

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