‘Judgment’ marks relatively rare Brazilian genre incursion
RIO DE JANEIRO — Andrucha Waddington, whose “House of Sands” dazzled festival auds and “Lope” proved a hit in Spain, has set as his next directorial outings two more mainstream films: ”Party Crashers 2,” and “Final Judgement.”
Films come after his 2012 comedy “Party Crashers,” his first big play for wide audiences, grossed an upbeat $12.9 million for Warner Bros. at Brazilian hardtops.
Waddington also aims to adapt Angolan novel “Creole” in “Creole Nation,” a film about the birth of the abolitionist movement in Angola and Brazil. The big-screen makeover would mark Waddington’s most ambitious film to date.
Set up at Rio-based Conspiracao, where Waddington is as a partner, the three projects underscore the rampant diversification of current Brazilian cinema, embodied in one of its most flexible and highest-profile talents.
First up is “Party Crashers 2,” which picks up where the original left off, with Marcos and Beto, the eponymous party crashers, on a plane that has an accident in the countryside.
“I don’t want to betray audiences. So the sequel is basically the same, with the guys trying to get into places they’re not invited to, have fun, and become part of a world they don’t belong to,” Waddington told Variety.
“Party Crashers 2’s” setting and story, however, are “totally different.” The plane crash sparks a “rollercoaster” chain of events kicking into gear when the buddies’ plan falls apart, Action unspools part in the countryside and ends up at a casino on the lawless Tri-Border between Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.
A contempo chiller, “Final Judgment” turns on a curse and supernatural presence that survives down the centuries, Waddington said. Waddington has co-penned with actress-writer Fernanda Torres, star of “House of Sands.”
Waddington’s films – “Sands,” “Lope” – were already accessible arthouse films, but one reason to direct “Final Judgement” is to do “something completely different,” Waddington said.
“In Brazil, we have comedies, biopics, spiritual films like ‘Chico Xavier,” but not many supernatural thrillers,” he added.
“Each film you do is a different challenge. I always wanted to do films quite different one from another.”
A longtime project, ”Judgement” drew down R$2.5 million from Brazil’s Ancine Film Agency in 2012 and backing from Brazil’s BNDES National Economic and Social Development Bank. When it pulls down Article 3 distributor finance, it can go into production.
“There are many ways to talk about Brazil,” Waddington said. One of the most unusual looks set to be “Creole Nation,” an adaptation of the novel by Jose Eduardo Agualusa, entitled “Creole” in its English-language publication.
Movie will feature the late nineteenth century story of the daughter of a Congolese prince, enslaved, as a child, emancipated, educated and enriched by a slaver, then re-enslaved at his death, then rescued. Escaping to Brazil, she helps start a movement for the abolition of slavery.
Waddington called “Creole Nation” “a big production and more of an arthouse movie” which he aims to shoot 2016/2017. Conspiracao acquired rights to the novel in 2000..Waddington has been developing the project “very, very calmly,” he added.