Fortifying its late summer/fall fest slate, Berlin-based Films Boutique has zeroed in on international sales rights to three titles, two at Venice and one at Toronto: Duccio Chiarini’s “Short Skin,” Argentine Adrian Biniez’s “El Cinco,” and Baldvin Z’s “Life in a Fishbowl.”
Playing Venice’s Official Selection, “Skin” is a Venice Biennale College World Premiere; “El Cinco” has its global bow in Venice Days; “Fishbowl” plays Toronto Festival’s Contemporary World Cinema.
All three have something in common: Art films, they have elements – sex, soccer, proven domestic B.O. appeal — that suggest potentially broader audience appeal.
Starring Matteo Creatini and Francesca Agostini, “Short Skin” is about a 17-year-old protagonist who suffers too tight a foreskin to have sex.
“A very moving film with comic elements,” said Films Boutique’s Jean-Christophe Simon. “Short Skin” is an early product of the Venice Biennale College, a first-time filmmakers’ low-budget production initiative backed by the Venice Festival and fashion brand Gucci.
“This was a real discovery, like ‘The Way He Looks’ from Brazil’s Daniel Ribeiro. This is like the new scene: Arthouse cinema with plots that can appeal to the audience,” Simon said.
Directed by Biniez “El Cinco” stars Esteban Lamothe (“The Student”) as a 34-year-old soccer player, who thinks it’s about time to hang up his cleats.
“It charts a very singular mid-life couple crisis, since potential retirement affects not just for him but his wife as well,” Simon said.
“El Cinco” is from Agustina Chiarino and Fernando Epstein’s Montevideo-based Mutante Cine and Germany’s Pandora Film, its most prominent co-producer with Latin America.
Made up of three stories — about a drunk writer, a prostitute and a banker whose live finally meet — “Fishbowl” is by far Iceland’s biggest B.O. release this year, out-grossing all Hollywood blockbusters with a $584,802 trawl through Aug. 17. “The film can please the audience and it’s very interesting as well what it says about banking in Iceland,” Simon said.