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M-Appeal swoops on Fischer’s ‘Trauco’

First Primer Corte buy at 2012's Ventana Sur

Kick-starting trading at 2012’s Ventana Sur, Berlin-based world sales company M-Appeal has moved smartly to close down rights “Son of Trauco,” the first fiction feature from Chilean-U.S. tyro helmer Alan Fischer.

Deal was closed before “Trauco” plays Ventana Sur’s Primer Corte showcase Sunday.

It continues Chilean cinema’s international honeymoon, coming two days after two Chile movies – Sebastian Silva’s road movie Crystal Fairy and Alicia Scherson’s Rutger Hauer-starrer “The Future” – were included in a 12-pic World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance.

A singular love story and coming-of-age tale, set against the myths and stormy coast of Southern Chile, “Trauco” turns on a 15-year-old boy’s search for the truth about his absent father.

“The poetic storytelling, the pleasing, beautiful cinematography and the film’s unique atmosphere makes it a stand out among Latin-American independent productions, said M-Appeal managing director Maren Kroymann.

A New York Tisch and USC alum, Fischer also produced out of his Chile-shingle Ant Fire Productions. “Trauco” makes its market debut at Ventana Sur having won Works in Progress at Chile’s Vina Festival.

“Son of Trauco” is “highly accessible, with magical and mystic elements, with multiple special effects,” M-Appeal’s head of acquisitions Anne Wiedlack said at Ventana Sur.

M-Appeal has achieved muscular sales on accessible titles, such as Caracas mean streets drama “Hermano,” sold to about 40 territories, including a Music Box U.S. pick-up, and Argentina’s apocalyptic horror-comedy “Phase 7,” bought by The Collective/Salient Media for the U.S, she added.

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