LOCARNO – Colombia’s Alfonso Acosta, whose feature debut, “The Crack,” a grieving family chiller, was picked up by eOne Intl., is preparing “Almost Never Too Late,” a drama/historical thriller set in the run-up to 1989’s DAS Colombian Security Services H.Q., bombing, the alleged work of Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel.
Also written by Acosta, and currently at third version script stage, “Almost Never Too late” reflects the building trend in Latin American production to mix social issues with a thriller or genre narrative drive.
Set in Bogota in 1989, during its most violent years, when cartel bombing was a common occurrence in the Colombian capital, the feature project turns on Juan, a rebellious high school student. When the school’s liberal principal is murdered, he becomes the main suspect. His life weaves with others’ –Lizarazo, the cop investigating the case, for instance – in the build-up to the DAS building that will reunite the film’s principal characters.
Described by Acosta as a ”film of second chances and vindications,” “Almost Never Too Late” adapts the novel of the same title by journalist Juan David Correa. It will feature a soundtrack with songs by The Pixies, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Sonic Youth, Ministry, and other bands of the time, Acosta said at Locarno, where he took part in co-production forum Match Me!
“The bomb not only extinguished sixty-three lives, but also any innocence that five million Bogota people still had, my own innocence included,” Acosta said.
“That era was I felt the end of the world. In the film, I want to use that apocalyptic backdrop for the personal dramas, stories of youth disaffection, absences and misunderstandings of those called to exhaustion “anonymous,” whose names do not appear in the history books but who really form the character of a country,” Acosta added, saying he wanted to male “a profound and existential film, with a hopeful and touching ending.”
“Almost Never Too Late” is set up at Cabecitanegra Producciones, an indie production house interested in making arthouse movies which Acosta and producer Carolina Mosquera founded in 2009.
Given that 20% of the action unspools in France – Paris and Normandy’s Etretat Cliffs – Acosta came to Locarno in part to structure the thriller as a Colombia-France co-production. It has been presented to the 2015 Colombian Film Fund which makes a straight $ 700,000 grant to two projects per year. Results will be known late October.
Acosta and Mosquera are also teaming on a second project, “Wolf’s Breath.” “Cold, quiet, brutal,” in Acosta’s words, it turns on a woman’s return to the village where she was born – a place horrified by legends of femme shape-shifters who seduce and kill men- just as she’s begins to regress to the state of a she-wolf.