Spotlight: Ventana Sur 2012

7 BOXES
Juan Carlos MAneglia, Tana Schembori, Paraguay
An exotic context — the sub-world of Guarani-speaking gangs working Asuncion’s central market; an ingenious chase thriller plot. France, U.K. sold; more deals to close. Shoreline Ent.

7 DAYS IN HAVANA
Benicio del Toro, Laurent Cantet, Julio Medem, Gaspar Noe, Elia Suleiman, Juan Carlos Tabio, Pablo Trapero, Spain-France-Cuba
Auteurs deliver short takes on contempo Cuba. Sold to all major territories save the U.S. Wild Bunch

AQUI Y ALLA
Antonio Mendez, Spain-U.S.-Mexico
Immigrant returns to Mexico but not to a prodigal son welcome. Sundance Lab honed, docu-style pic was Cannes Critics’ Week winner. Alpha Violet

AFTER LUCIA
Michel Franco, Mexico-France
Winner of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard and Mexico’s choice for Oscar and Goya consideration, turns on theme of classroom bullying. BAC Films Intl.

CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD
Benjamin Avila, Argentina-Spain-Brazil
The tale of love during Argentina’s dictatorship wowed San Sebastian and sold 30-plus territories. Argentina’s foreign-lingo Oscar entry. Pyramide Intl.

THE DEAD MAN AND BEING HAPPY
Javier Rebollo, Spain-Argentina-France
In his most aud-friendly item to date, Rebollo charts the quietly surreal final road journey of a dying hitman (a superbly gruff Jose Sacristan) through the Argentinean wilds. UDI.

DOG FLESH
Fernando Guzzoni, Chile-France-Germany
Crix-pleasing New Directors winner at San Sebastian in Spain where Wanda picked it up. Also snagged the Valdivia Moviecine award including cable TV distribution in Latin America. FiGA Films.

THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF JUAN OROL
Sebastian del Amo, Mexico
Visually and tonally a playful look at the long and prolific career of Mexico’s worst director. Won for first Mexican work at Guadalajara. FilmSharks Intl.

FOOSBALL
Juan Jose Campanella, Argentina-Spain
Oscar-winner directs his first animated film about a toy foosball team that comes alive to help a boy save his town and win his sweetheart. Latin America’s big toon bet. Film Factory Ent.

JARDIN DE AMAPOLAS
Juan Carlos Melo, Colombia
Drama set in rebel-strewn countryside was a 2011 Ventana Sur Copia 0 Primer Corte awardee. Sold for Japanese pay TV/VOD and to North and South America for pay-per-view. KWA

MALA
Adrian Caetano, Argentina-Mexico-France
Hitwoman has a special line of business: murdering men who abuse women — until she runs into her own trouble. BVI Latin American buy. Feb 14 Argentina release. FilmSharks Intl.

MIGUEL SAN MIGUEL
Matias Cruz, Chile
Latest from “Bonsai” producer Jirafa, 1981-set chronicle of the birth of Los Prisioneros, a high-school band introducing Clash-modeled punk attitude to Chile under Augusto Pinochet.

NO
Pablo Larrain, Chile-U.S.-France
Account of a referendum that toppled Chile’s dictator Augusto Pinochet won Cannes Directors’ Fortnight Art Cinema Award. Tale is Chile’s foreign-lingo Oscar entry and a critical and box office triumph, selling worldwide including a Sony Pictures Classics U.S. pick-up. Funny Balloons.

ONCE UPON A TIME WAS I, VERONICA
Marcelo Gomes, Brazil
Gomes, (“Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures”) hits another home run with a refreshing take on Brazil’s middle class, here a femme doctor lacking emotional commitment. UDI

THE SECOND DEATH
Santiago Fernandez, Argentina
Tyro Fernandez’s moody genre blender — a rural procedural-come-mystery chiller — shot in muted tones. Sold to Germany and Latin America, an original genre auteur debut. Reel Suspects

EL SEXO DE LAS MADRES
Alejandra Marino, Argentina
Low-key, rural femme friendship/sexual trauma drama, largely well-reviewed on its Nov. 1 bow in Argentina. Aura Films

SIN OTONO, SIN PRIMAVERA
Ivan Mora Manzano, Ecuador
Cult pic in Ecuador with award-winning soundtrack follows nine disenchanted youths. Honorable mention from the 2011 Global Film Initiative. Outsider Pics.

SOLO
Guillermo Rocamora, Uruguay-Argentina-France-Netherlands
An Uruguayan take on an air force trumpet player’s existential angst. Joint 2011 Ventana Sur Primer Corte winner.

TROPICALIA
Antonio Machado, Brazil-U.K.-U.S
Bossa Nova co-produced docu-feature about the seminal late-’60s Brazilian music-art movement. Extraordinary soundtrack, and a cool study of a vibrant society, before dictatorship ended it.

WHITE ELEPHANT
Pablo Trapero, Spain-France-Argentina
Cannes Un Certain Regard drama of two priests fighting corruption and drug lords played well domestically. Pic has sold out in major territories, including a Strand U.S. pick-up. Wild Bunch

Spotlight: Ventana Sur 2012
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