Stephen Daldry’s ‘Trash’ To Close Rio Festival

Stephen Daldry’s ‘Trash’ Close Rio Festival

Screening marks world premiere for pioneering U.K.-Brazil production

Stephen Daldry’s Universal-distribbed “Trash,” his awaited venture into Brazilian filmmaking and teen-thriller territory, will close the 2014 Rio de Janeiro Festival on Oct. 7.

“Trash” stars Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen and Brazil’s Wagner Moura (“Elite Troop”) plus actor-director Selton Mello (“The Clown”).

The gala screening will mark “Trash’s” world premiere, a matter of import for Oscar pundits given Daldry’s Academy Award track record: “Billy Elliot,” “The Hours” and “The Reader” all snagged Best Director noms, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” made the Best Picture cut.

Written by Richard Curtis and Felipe Braga, “Trash” also reps Daldry’s first teen adventure thriller, and a pioneering Brazil, U.K. co-production which melds top echelon talent from Brazil and the U.K. while staking out Brazil as its home market.

An adaptation of Brit Andy Mulligan’s novel, and set on a massive landfill outside Rio, “Trash” is produced by London’s Working Title and PeaPie and Sao Paulo’s O2 Filmes.

“Trash’s” real protagonists are first-time actors Gabriel Weinstein, Rickson Tevez and Eduardo Luis, who play three kids who live on a garbage dump, and stumble across a leather bag whose contents the brutal and bent city police desperately want back. Mara plays a NGO worker, Sheen a priest.

Universal handles distribution worldwide for “Trash,” which Universal Pictures Int’l. opens in Brazil on Oct. 9.

Shooting summer-into-fall last year, the shoot was the talk of last year’s Rio Festival, thanks in part to a shoot visit for the press, and its large and ingenious special effects – to avoid contamination, the production team built its own artificial landfill and then created a lake below it.

Producers Kris Thykier at PeaPie Films, who optioned Mulligan’s novel, and Andrea Barata-Ribeiro, at Sao Paulo’s O2 Filmes, also presented “Trash” as a co-production case study at the RioMarket.

In industry terms, in at least two ways, “Trash” enters unchartered waters.

The U.K. had yet to ratify its co-production treaty with Brazil, meaning “Trash” was set up as a three-way co-production with Universal in Germany which has a co-production treaty in place with both Brazil and the U.K.

“Trash” also reps a innovative attempt to originate a project in the U.K., but create a new home market – Brazil – for a film, Thykier explained. “Trash” is 80% shot in Portuguese and entirely shot in and around Rio.

So a Rio Fest world premiere is entirely logical. By mid-October, it will be seen if the pioneering strategy pays off in one of the world’s still-growing movie markets.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety