GUADALAJARA– Brazilian Tata Amaral’s “Bring It Inside,” Argentine Sergio Mazza’s “The Kid” and “The Woman of the Cape,” from Chile’s Alfonso Gazitua, feature at the 8th Guadalajara Construye-Films in Progress, the pix-in-post showcase at Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival.
A big-screen makeover of Amaral’s four-part mini TV series of the same title, made for Brazil’s TV Cultura, “Bring” turns on a man who once formed part of the armed resistance against Brazil’s military dictatorship, but is now a dramatist losing his memory.
Amaral saw huge success with 2006’s “Antonia,” another TV mini/feature combo which, produced by Fernando Meirelles, played Toronto.
A 10-year kid – ‘Guri’ in local argot – who never knew his
father searches for a place to live for his baby sister and himself as his mother lays dyjng. That’s proves no easy task.
The fifth feature of scribe-helmer-producer Sergio Mazza (“Graba,” “Gallero,” “El Amarillo”) and spangled with name Argentine cast– “Grava” lead Belen Blanco, Federico Luppi (“Pan’s Labyrinth”), paparazzi target Sofia Gala (“Tetro”), Daniel Araoz, who won best actor at the Argentine Academy Awards for “The Man Next Door” – “El Guri” marks an move towards the mainstream for Mazza.
This forms part of an attempt to develop audience-friendly auteur filmmaking as the founding stone of an Entre Rios film/TV production hub, with Mazza relocating production house Masa Latina to the region, he told Variety.
Winner of Work in Progress at November’s Vina del Mar Festival in Chile, and a study in female derangement, “The Woman of the Cape,” Alfonso Gazitua’s second fiction feature after “Rey de San Gregorio,” turns on a shy seamstress’s slippage towards madness, a victim of guilt, unrequited love and, above all, solitude.
Backed by companies such as Mexico’s Estudios Churubusco Azteca, and pan Latin America’s Labo Digital, FIP prizes in services or an international rights acquisition – from Brazil’s Habanero Films – are worth over $100,000.
Over 90 pics at rough-cut were presented for selection, said FIP director Sarah Ross.
Also making FIP’s six-title cut, grisly crime drama “The Boss” marks the fiction feature debut of Sebastian Schindel, famed for the docu pic “Mundo Alas. True-story based, “The Boss” turns on a case of modern slavery, a humble country lad (Joaquin Furriel, a well-known TV actor) who tries to get on in the big city but is exploited by a Buenos Aires butcher to the point of rebellion.
Schindel described “The Boss,” which is set up at Nicolas Batlle’s Magoya Films, as “highly violent, crude, cruel,” a film of contained violence, characterized by psychological cruelty.”
Receiving a $10,000 grant from the Foundation Simon I. Patino at 2011’s Cielo Abierto Documentary Film Festival, “Night Inside Me,” another FIP player, is an artistic docu-take on miners at Potosi, Bolivia. Pic portrays their world inside the mine, beliefs, rites and gods. Bolivian doc director Simon Estrada’s 2007 “Cocalero,” chronicling Evo Morales’ presidential campaign, played at Sundance.
FIP’s sixth entry, Jorge Bidault’s “Con el alma en una pieza: La leyenda de El Personal,” is a vision of one of Guadalajara’s most celebrated counter-culture fusion bands, formed in 1986 and led, until his death, by the charismatic Julio Haro.
The Guadalajara Festival runs March 21-30.
8TH FILMS IN PROGRESS, GUADALAJARA FESTIVAL
“The Boss,” (Sebastian Schindel, Argentina);
“Bring It Inside,” (TataAmaral, Brazil);
“Con el alma en una pieza, La leyenda de El Personal,” (Jorge Bidault, Mexico);
“The Kid,” (Sergio Mazza, Argentina;
“Night Inside Me,” (Sergio Estrada, Bolivia);
“The Woman of the Cape,” (Alfonso Gazitua, Chile).