‘Natural Sciences,’ ‘Open Cage’ Win Primer

‘Black Sea,’ ‘Still Life’ Top Bloody Work in Progress

BUENOS AIRES – Two first features – Argentine Matias Lucchesi’s “Natural Sciences” and Uruguayan Max Zunino’s “Open Cage” – swept Primer Corte, the pix-in-post showcase at Ventana Sur, Latin America’s biggest movie mart-meet.

Also announced Friday, Gabriel Grieco’s “Still Life” and Brazilian Rodrigo Aragao’s “Black Sea” shared honors at Bloody Work in Progress, a Ventana Sur Blood Window six-title competish of Latin American genre movies seeking completion finance.

The Primer Corte and BWIP plaudits are the only kudos at Ventana Sur, an pure-play market-meet organized by Cannes Film Market and Argentina’s INCAA Film Institute that wrapped Friday in Buenos Aires.

Charting a young girl’s odyssey with her teacher to encounter her father, road movie “Sciences” won the Cine Plus/Titra TVS and Eye on Films Awards.

Prizes consisted in Euros15,000 ($20,550) for the French distributor of “Sciences” from Cine Plus, a Canal Plus film bouquet, a large sweetener these days for a pick-up for France.

Eye on Films, a global fest/distributor network for first and second films, will give another $2,740 to the French distributor, Titra TVS up to $8,220 in digital copies and color grading/sound mix.

Luchessi already caught attention with 2009’s “Distances,” a best short winner at France’s Biarritz Fest that underscored his gift at deft naturalistic observance of relationships. Always one of Primer Corte’s most talked-up titles, “Sciences” could well now be bound for a berth at a major fest in early 2014.

A double redemption movie written by Zunino and Sofia Espinosa, who also co-stars, “Open Cage” charts the gradually building relationship between a played-out jobless 65-year-old (esteemed Mexico-based thesp Juan Carlos Colombo) and an initially callous young girl drifter (Espinosa) in a world of have-nots and indignados encamped outside their apartment block.

“Cage” won double plaudits at Ventana Sur: a $13,700 minimum guarantee against international rights from Habanero plus Sofia Films/Assimilate’s offer of Scratch post-prod software and, in a further kudo, a raft of services from five Argentine facilities houses organized under the umbrella of Argentine film publication Haciendo Cine.

The Ventana Sur win completes a remarkable Latin American post-in-pix competish triple for “Cage,” which topped Guadalajara Construye in March, snagged a special mention at Baja last month, and now shared top honors at Ventana Sur.

A serial killer slasher/procedural set in Argentina’s big ranch country where the suspects all belong to a group of vegan activists and the victims to the cattle industry, “Still Life” snagged BWIP’s Scratch color correction prize and LSD sound design Award.

A fanboy’s delight, Aragao’s “Black Sea,” an OTT zombie/sea monster blood fest, won a Mexican Distribution plaudit for the pay TV/DVD/VOD release in the territory.

PrimerCorte and Blood Window ran Dec. 3-6.

And the winners are:

VENTANA SUR PRIMER CORTE, 2013

CINE PLUS CLUB-TITRA-EYE ON FILMS AWARD

“Natural Sciences,” (Matias Luchessi, Argentina)

HABANERO-SOFIA-ASSIMILATE PRIZE

“Open Cage,” (Max Zunino, Mexico)

HACIENDO CINE PRIZE

“Open Cage”

BLOODY WORK IN PROGRESS (BWIP)

MEXICO DISTRIBUTION PRIZE

“Black Sea,” (Rodrigo Aragao, Brazil)

SCRATCH COLOR CORRECTION PLAUDIT

“Still Life” (Gabriel Grieco, Argentina)

LSD SOUND DESIGN AWARD

“Still Life”

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