Brazilian movie showcase kicks off Sunday in Salvador, Bahia
BUENOS AIRES – Brazil has turned out some exceptional new talents in the last few years, such as Kleber Mendonca Filho (“Neighboring Sounds,” pictured) or Fernando Coimbra (“A Wolf at the Door”).
Though neither film was designed as international sales breakout, both have proved among the best selling titles on their sales agents slates of, respectively, FiGa and Mundial, an IM Global/Canana joint venture.
Where the next bright Brazilian new talent will come from is anybody’s question. Some answers may be supplied, however, near a beach in Salvador, Bahia, on Brazil’s Atlantic seaboard, the location of the 2nd Boutique Cinema do Brasil.
The mini-mart will highlight six pix-in-post, among them, and may be the best-known upcoming titles, are Chico Teixeira’s “The Santo Amaro Circus” and Daniel Augusto’s “The Pilgrim: Paulo Coelho’s Best Story.“
Lead-produced by Bossa Nova Filmes, written by Teixeira (“Alice’s House”), Sabina Anzuategui (“Alice’s House”) and Marcelo Gomes (“The Man of the Crowd,” “Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures,”) chronicles the daily life and sexual awakening of a 14-year-old boy, who is deeply hurt by his father’s abandonment.
A co-production between Iona de Macedo and Carolina Kotscho’s Dama Filmes in Brazil and Angelica Huete’s Babel Films in Spain, “Pilgrim” recounts Coelho’s life-story. Daniel Augusto directs from a Kotscho screenplay. “Pilgrim” stars Julio and Ravel Andrade as Coelho.
All in rough-cut, movies will unspool in front of a select clutch of European sales agents, such as Elena Manrique at Indie Sales, Fandango’s Raffaella di Giulio, Ann Phillips at WestEnd Films, Memento Films’ Alexandre Mallet-Guy and Olaf Aichinger at Global Screen, Wild Bunch’s Gary Farkas, Gilles Souza at Bac Films and Gabor Greiner at Films Boutique.
Among other attendees is Bruno Deloye, the head of the Cine Plus movie channel bouquet at Gallic paybox giant Canal Plus, an exec whose pickups are huge sweeteners for French distributors, said Cinema do Brazil sources.
Also in the mix: “Blue Blood,” from Lirio Ferreira, who helmed 2005’s “Arido Movie.” It is co-written with Hilton Lacerda (“Tattoo”), produced by Drama Filmes (“I’d Receive the Worst News From Your Beautiful Lips) and distributed in Brazil by Imovision; and “Counterpoint,” a ducu-feature about musicians from Joao Marcelo Gomes, who co-directed with Aly Muritiba “A Revolta,” a docu-feature recording survivors’ memories of the so-called squatters’ land-rights revolt in Parana in 1957.
Paolo Machline’s “Trinta,” another Boutique title, is a fiction portrait of Rio Carnival designer Joaosinho Trinta.
Played by Matheus Nachtergaele (“City of God”), Trinta brought a new extravagance to its costumes and floats, winning best parade for samba schools Salgueiro and then Beija-Flor five years running over 1974-78. It is set up at Primo Filmes, whose credits include Heitor Dhalia’s “Drained,” Vicente Ferraz’s “The Mountain” and Tata Amaral’s “Today.”
Produced by Cinematografica Superfilmes, the sixth Boutique entry, “Obra,” turns on an architect’s growing qualms as construction on his latest work unearths human bones.
“Obra” marks the feature debut of Gregorio Graziosi, whose “Saltos,” a record of the pressures on a high-board diving team, won best Ibero-American short at Argentina’s Mar de Plata Fest in 2008.
Graziosi has a clear talent for shooting textures, architectonic structures, tightened camera shots, the slow reveal – of a visual subject, a theme. How he uses it on an extended subject will be intriguing.
Also a showcase for six pics in development, the Boutique runs Dec. 8-12. Films will be represented by their producers.