Mar del Plata: Argentina’s Ariel Rotter Preps Black Comedy, Family Drama (EXCLUSIVE)

Berlin Jury Grand Prix Winner Ariel
Courtesy of Mar del Plata Film Fest

Rotter's 'Incident Light' one of Argentina’s big new plays at Mar del Plata

MAR DEL PLATA—Prized Argentine director Ariel Rotter, a 2007 Berlin Jury Grand Prix winner with “The Other,” is developing a black comedy and a family drama to follow up “Incident Light,” his third feature which bowed Monday in Mar del Plata’s main International Competition.

The drama “links to desire and a couple’s difficulties in becoming parents, accompanying them on their journey as they receive pregnancy treatment,” Rotter unveiled to Variety at this week’s Mar del Plata’s Festival.

“The second one much wilder, a black comedy.. It turns on a fiftysomething man that learns that he does not have long to live and decides to gather all the family to make a trip as lthdey used to a long time ago. They set off on an attempt at family vacation trying to recover all the things that are vanishing” Rotter added.

Juan Pablo Miller, Rotter’s regular producer at Tarea Fina would produce both projects. They are in talks with a Brazilian production company to board the black comedy.

Miller has produced other pic – Fernando Salem’s “How Most Things Work” – that competes in Mar del Plata’s Argentina showcase.

Starred by Erica Rivas (vastly changed from Damian Szifron’s “Wild Tales”), Susana Pampin (Martin Rejtman’s Locarno-Toronto player “Two Shots Fired”) and Marcelo Subiotto (Hernán Guerschuny’s Raindance Fest player “The Critic”).

Set in the ’60s and shot in black-and-white, “Light” is inspired by helmer’s own family history.

A film which makes a restrained intimate drama out of the stuff of melodrama, “Light” explores the appropriate duration -in the 60’s- of grief after a husband’s death, and the process in which propriety overlaps with the birth of new desires and the responsibilities of widowed mother towards her one-year-old orphan children.

Lensed by Guillermo Nieto (Pablo Trapero’s “Carancho”), the austere limpid B&W cinematography aims to get closer to the 60’s decade. Loyal to this realistic spirit, helmer used furniture and costumes used his own family at that period.

World premiering at Toronto, “Light” is sold by Frederic Corvez’s UDI. Buenos Aires’ Tarea Fina produces; France’s Urban Factory, a sister company to UDI, and Montevideo’s Seacuatico co-produce.

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