Toronto/San Sebastian: Media Luna Acquires Anahi

Separation drama world preems at Toronto, plays San Sebastian’s main competition

Adding an awaited title from a Latin-American distaff helmer to its line-up, Media Luna has acquired world sales rights to Anahi Berneri’s breakup drama “Aire Libre.” World premiering in Toronto as part of a strong Argentine line-up, “Aire Libre” then takes its European premiere at San Sebastian, where it is one of two Latin American titles screening in main competition.

Playing in World Contemporary Cinema at Toronto, “Aire Libre” reps the fourth feature from Berneri, whose “Encarnacion,” won Toronto’s 2007 Innovation Award and a Fipresci nod at San Sebastian; debut “A Year Without Love” took a best first feature Teddy Award at Berlin.

“Aire Libre” also marks the latest movie from Hernan Musaluppi and Natasha Cervi’s Buenos Aires-based shingle Rizoma, a driving force behind the New Argentine – and, indeed, New Uruguayan – Cinema whose output ranges from fest triumphs –Adrien Biniez’s Berlin Jury Grand Prix winner “Giant”; “Whisky,” from Juan Pablo Rebolla and Pablo Stoll, which took Cannes Un Certain Regard Original award in 2004 – to accessible arthouse (Juan Taratuto’s “It’s Not You, It’s Me”) to debuts by talents to track: Victoria Galardi’s “Lovely Loneliness,” Federico Veiroj’s “Acne,” Gustavo Taretto’s” Medianeras.

Starring Leonardo Sbaraglia (“Wild Tales,” “Intacto,” “Red Lights,”), “Aire Libre” turns on Lucia (Celeste Cid) and Manuel (Sbaraglia) who have been married for many years and live with their son, Santi (Maximo Silva).

The couple has issues they are not confronting,. A new project – building a new house outside the city – reveals the gaps in their fracturing relationship.

Unfulfilled desires and straying interests plague their marriage; Manuel begins to spend more time at a new club he’s invested in. As the couple drifts further apart, the unspoken rupture begins to affect the one person they both want to protect: their son.

Berneri wrote presenting “Aire Libre” as a project: “With ‘Aire Libre,’ I look back at my generation and I wonder: Is home that space which makes us a family? How can we keep on desiring the same person over the years, if everything we use has a sell-by date? What nourishes love? What nourishes desire? When do we stop being young? Or are we a generation that will never stop being young?

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