MAR DEL PLATA — Argentine d.p. Gustavo Biazzi, the cinematographer on Santiago Mitre’s Cannes Critics’ Week winner “Paulina” as well as Mitre’s debut “The Student” and Rodrigo Moreno’s “Reimon” is aiming to turns his talents to direction with “The Bums,” a coming-of-ager set in the Argentinean exuberant region of Misiones.
Meanwhile, Chilean writer-director-producer Dominga Sotomayor, director of 2014 Rotterdam Tiger winner “Thursday Through Sunday” is set to produce Chilean Felipe Galvez’s “The Settlers,” a historical extinction drama, while in another example of directors-turning-producers multi-awarded Argentine helmer Lisandro Alonso (“Liverpool”) and Ignacio Sarchi will produce “The Future Ahead,” the debut feature of Argentina’s Constanza Novick – the lead screenwriter on Mexican TV show “Soy tu fan,” scribe of Diego Kaplan’s “Sabes nadar?” and art director on Alejandro Agresti’s “Buenos Aires Viceversa.” “Future” is set up at Alonso’s 4L and Sarchi’s 188 Cine production companies.
Project marks a relatively rare outing into production for Alonso on third-party titles – though he did co-produced his a.d. Manolo Nieto’s “The Militant.”
“Bums,” “Settlers” and “Future” will all be pitched – among a total 10 projects at development stage – at the first edition of LoboLab, an international co-pro forum launched by Argentina’s Mar del Plata fest. Chosen out of 264, projects come from seven Latin American countries with many of the bigger fiction projects looking on paper to come from Argentina.
Of other projects, a reserved teenager whose only aim is to set up a rock band is the focus of “Cold Tomato Juice,” the second feature from Sofia Mora (“The Hour of the Nap,” best Latin American movie at 2009’s Mar del Plata). Federico Sande Novo at Buenos Aires’ Le Tiro Cine backs the project.
Also showing concern for the fate of South America’s indigenous population is Bolivian Carlos Pineiro. His first feature “Antawara,” turns on an Andean, Aymara, who develops a sense of loneliness that his ancestors never suffered. La Paz-based Socavon Cine produces.
In Colombian Agustin Godoy’s second feature “The Film Student,” the main character is commissioned to research reports on Colombian conflict atrocities wuth the testimonies of both victims and abusers. Capataz Cine produces. Project has been selected in cooperation with Brazil’s BrLab.
From Sao Paulo’s Sancho Filmes, “Yesterday, There Were Strange Things in the Sky” is d.p. Bruno Risas’ feature debut as a director. In “Sky,” a middle-class family tries to survive in the midst of a string of adverse circumstances. Punta Colorada de Cinema co-produces.
The Chilean helming duo of Rodrigo Robledo and Roberto Collio present their first feature “Little Brother,” on a Haitian immigrant in Chile. Araucaria Cine produces. Collio’s second short received a special mention at 2014’s Locarno Fest.
From Ecuador, Ostinato Cine produces Javier Izquierdo’s “Panama,” about two former school friends who run into each other many years after their graduation. Now, one works at a bank and the other is a guerrillero.
Producer Ines Nofuentes, whose credits include Jayro Bustamante’s “Ixcanul,” Julio Hernandez Cordon’s “I Promise You Anarchy,” produces helmer-actress Camila Urrutia’s opera prima “Gunpowder,” which turns on Claudia and Maria, two friends –one of them in love with the other– who are attacked. They react differently.
LoboLab’s jury is made up of CinemaChile’s director Constanza Arena, Marion Klotz, project manager of the Locarno Industry Academy International; and top Brazil-based producer Rodrigo Teixeira (Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha,” Kely Reichardt’s “Nights Moves”).
Section will host a screening of Chile Factory, the omnibus feature project launched by Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight and Chilean promo agency CinemaChile.
International producers who have confirmed attendance include Henning Kamm (Germany’s Zentropa), Paulo de Carvalho (Autentika Films), Vania Catani Bananeira Filmes) Tatiana Leite (Brazil’s Bubbles Project), Paola Wink (Tokyo Filmes), Constance Malpel (at Canada’s Peripheria), and Giancarlo Nasi, from Chile’s Don Quijote Films.
Also attending: Colombian Jorge Forero (Burning Blue), Patricia Drati Ronde, from Denmark’s Sam Productions, Sophie Erbs at Cinema Defacto, Pierre Menahem, at France’s Still Moving, Alexa Rivero (from France’s Altamar Films ), Laurette Schilling (Netherlands’ Topkapi Films) and Maximiliano Cruz (Mexico’s Interior XIII).
The LoboLab section is curated by producer Ivan Granovsky (Matias Pineiro’s “They All Lie”) and former Mar del Plata fest producer Barbara Keen. Event runs Nov. 5-7.