‘Sirga’ tops Toulouse Films in Progress

'Tanta Agua' takes Cicae, Europa Distribution kudos

Madrid– William Vega’s “La Sirga” (aka “The Towrope”) swept Toulouse’s 21st Films in Progress, scooping its Films in Progress Prize and Cine Plus Special Prize.

Uruguay’s “Tanta agua” scored the Cicae and Europa Distribution awards.

Europe’s most prestigious Latin American pix in post showcase, FIP helps films snag post-production support, sales agents and major fest berths. Last year’s Toulouse Films in Progress winner, “Bonsai,” world preemed at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard.

Already sparking good word-of-mouth, “La Sirga” turns on a young woman who flees a massacre in her village, attempting to make a new life in the high Andes at the lakeside La Sirga hostal.

Contravia’s Oscar Ruiz Navia and Diana Bustamante’s Burning Blue produce in Colombia with Mexico’s Film Tank and Puntoguionpunto and France’s Cine-Sud Promotion.

The Films in Progress prize – which includes €10,000 ($13,000) from France’s Cnc film board, a sound edit or mix from Mactari and Titra TVS subtitling – will simplify and help fund “La Sirga’s” post-production in France, said Cine-Sud’s Thierry Lenouvel.

Granted by Canal Plus’ film service, Cine Plus, the $20,000 Special Prize goes to “La Sirga’s” French distributor, a crucial aid to find distribution, he added.

35 distributor members of Europa Distribution will be able to receive incentives to distribute “Tanta agua,” the feature debut of Uruguay’s Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge. The Intl. Arthouse Cinema Federation (CICAE) will recommend “Agua” to members.

The 21st FIP ran March 29-30 at Toulouse’s Rencontres Cinemas d’Amerique Latine. The 22nd unspools at September’s San Sebastian Festival.

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