Bizzio pic to ignite Latin American showcase
MADRIDArgentinean Sergio Bizzio’s “Bomb,” Jorge Duran’s “Romance Policial” and Colombian Ruben Mendoza’s “Dust on the Tongue” all screen in Ventana Sur’s pix-in-post section Primer Corte, one of Latin America’s foremost showcases for new and emerging talent. Georges Goldenstern, Cannes Cinefondation director, has selected Corte’s six titles for the first time. Set up at Buenos Aires’ Historias Cinematograficas, headed by Luis Puenzo (“The Official Story”), “Bomb” is a thriller turning on a teenager who takes a taxi, only to discover it has a car bomb. Argentinean helmer Lucia Puenzo (“XXY”) produces; novelist, playwright and musician Sergio Bizzio directs. Co-produced by Chile’s Ceneca (“The Life of Fish”), “Romance” is an Atacama Desert set romantic thriller. It’s the fifth feature from Rio-based writer-director Duran, who broke out abroad with 2007’s “Forbidden to Forbid.” Put through the Cinefondation Residence program, and Mendoza’s full-feature follow-up to “The Stoplight Society,” “Dust” uses fiction, real and mock-doc family archives and home movies to portray and exorcize the figure of his grandfather. Corte features two coming-of-age tales: “Puerto Padre,” from Costa Rica’s Gustavo Fallas, which won 2009’s Morelia Lab and Ibermedia co-production funding; and “El hijo de trauco,” from Chile’s Alan Fischer, a coming-of-age tale, set against the myths and stormy coast of southern Chile, which was first presented at the Cannes Market. Rounding up Primer Corte is Mexico’s “Los insolitos peces gatos,” first-time helmer Claudia Sainte Luce’s semi-autobiographical, family-set love story. A sign of Primer Corte’s growing impact, the 2012 edition has attracted nine sponsors-come-award-givers, including France’s Canal Plus, via its Cine Plus Club, and Europa Distribution. Ventana Sur runs Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.