‘Eat Me’ Snags Brazilian, Mexican Co-producers

Cannibal thriller unveiled Wednesday at Ventana Sur’s Beyond the Window co-production meet

Top Brazilian production house Total Filmes and Mexico’s Velarium Arts have boarded “Eat Me,” one of 15 projects being pitched this week at Ventana Sur’s inaugural Blood Window genre market.

Velarium’s Jorge Michel Grau, best-known as the director of the original “We Are What We Are” and now the Killer Films-produced “Big Sky,” will serve as an executive producer on the English-language “Eat Me,” along with Velarium partner Mayra Espinosa Castro.

Grau previously served as a script consultant on the project.

An Argentine shingle is poised to co-produce “Eat Me.”

The Cannibal thriller’s U.S. producer Deborah Calla of Calla Productions penned the English-language script based on the original Spanish-language screenplay by Mexican helmer/scribe David Michan who will direct.

Budgeted close to $3 million, pic is slated to shoot in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro in the summer of next year. Thriller tracks a successful restaurant critic, who develops a taste for human flesh, precipitating his downward spiral into the netherworld of Buenos Aires.

“We’re looking to cast recognizable U.S. talent for the lead roles and local talent for the supporting roles,” said Calla, who plans to tap incentives from Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. The “Eat Me” screenplay was an official selection of the Fright Night Film Fest, Scream Craft Fest and the British Horror Film Fest this year.

“Eat Me” will be Michan’s second feature. His debut, 2012’s “Adverse Effects,” was an official selection at Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival, the International Film Festival in Edmonton, the San Francisco Latino Film Festival, the Transylvania International Film Fest, and the I’ve Seen Films fest in Milan, among 25 others. Pic won a bevy of best film and best actor plaudits.

“Eat Me” reps the sixth project joining Velarium Arts production slate – which also includes father-son psychological thriller “Keep Quiet” and open-sea-set thriller “Yamaha 300,” both with Grau attached to direct –  as Velarium morphs into one of Latin America’s most prominent genre hubs.

Espinosa Castro presented Velarium co-production “The Darkness,” directed by Daniel Castro (“TAU”) and another film exploring father-son relationship, on Thursday at Ventana Sur.

Los Angeles-based Calla Productions, founded by Deborah Calla, a dual citizen of Brazil and the U.S., is a content creator for film, TV and the web.  Her film producing credits include Alejandro Chomski’s “A Beautiful Life,” Sylvio Back’s “Lost Zweig” and Adam Amdur’s “Dream House.”

Calla is the chair of the Diversity Committee of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and the Media Access Awards, which she produces. She is a also a member of the Writers Guild of America West.

Based out of Rio, Walkiria Barbosa’s Total Filmes is one of Brazil’s most important film and TV production houses, best know for producing comedies which touch, however lightly, on social-issues such as the blockbusting “If I Were You” franchise.

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