Ecuadorian drama hits world stage at Ventana Sur
Victor Arregui’s “El Facilitador” will make its market debut at Ventana Sur where Germany’s Media Luna screens it on December 3.
Pic debuted in Ecuador Nov. 1 and played to sell-out crowds at the 3rd Festival de Cine Orquidea in Cuenca, which ran Nov. 15 – 22.
Produced by Isabella Parra and Chilean partner Soledad Santelices of Caleidoscopio Cine, and shot for a mere $420,000 in the capital of Quito and its outskirts, pic stars Chile’s Maria Gracia Omegna (“Young & Wild”) and prominent Ecuadorian journo Francisco Febres Cordero in his acting debut.
Febres plays a man who reaches out to his estranged daughter when he finds out he is terminally ill.
This is multi-hyphenate Arregui’s third feature. His first pic, “Fuera de Juego,” snagged the Filmsin Progress prize at San Sebastian in 2003. In 2010, Arregui was hailed as the “best director of all times” in the inaugural Premios Colibri bestowed by Ecuador’s national film institute. His second feature, “Cuando me toque a mi,” won best picture.
Media Luna is also bringing the following LGBT-themed Latino pics to Ventana Sur: Miguel Ferrari’s feel-good drama “Blue and Not So Pink,” a Spanish/Venezuelan co-production; Antonio Hens’ Spanish/Cuban drama “The Last Match”; and Argentine Marco Berger’s drama, “Hawaii.”