'Buenaventura,' 'Dream' Top Guadalajara Co-pro Meet

‘Carmen,’ 'Sultan' win plaudits at Latin American new talent forum

GUADALAJARA – “Buenaventura mon amour,” which was co-developed for multi-platform distribution by L.A.-based The Alchemists Storytelling Company, was one of four winners at the 9th Ibero-American Co-production Meeting, the Guadalajara Film Festival’s industry centerpiece and one of Latin America’s best-known new talent forums.

Produced by Colombia’s Rhayuela Cine, whose war-horror pic “El Paramo” has been optioned for a U.S. remake by Scott Lastaiti, “Buenaventura” won the LCI Award from insurance company LCI.

“Buenaventura” portrays Colombia’s hip-hop scene in Buenaventura, its biggest port and a poverty trap.

Social-issue movies with a strong sense of setting — the kinds of films favored by the international industry’s world cinema funds — scooped the remaining plaudits.

Mexican-Italian Federico Ceccetti’s “Marakame’s Dream” nabbed the Meeting’s biggest cash prize, the Churubusco Recognition, which comes with up to 1.5 million pesos ($120,000) of post-production services from Mexico City’s Churubusco Studios.

“Dream” turns on teen being trained by his father as a shaman in a Huichol community in Guadalajara’s high sierra. The boy’s dream, however, is to escape to Mexico City and form a rock band.

Pic is set up at Mexico City’s Agrupacion Caramelo Cinematografica, producer of Bernardo Arellano’s debut “Between Night and Day,” and Rome’s Centro Sperimentale de Cinematografia.

Special mentions went to Panamanian Enrique Castro Rios’ “Sultan,” a narrative fiction to be shot like a doc and using archive material, focusing on three victims of the 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama; and Brazil-set “Carmen,” from Mexico’s Aaron Fernandez (“Used Parts”), one of the first films to portray the emigration of Spain’s jobless youth.

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