Mexico: Up Next! – Pablo Zimbron

Varios Lobos drives into diversification, international and Mexican co-production

LOS CABOS – The world premiere of “Epitaph” on Nov. 22 at Estonia’s Tallinn Black Nights Festival marks the first fruit of second-phase development at Pablo Zimbron co-headed Varios Lobos. Focused initially on auteur genre cinema – Daniel Zimbron’s “Tau” and the anticipated Memento Film Intl.-sold  “Darkness,”- the six-year-old production companies is reaching out towards historical adventure – “Epitaph,” set in 1519, marking conquistador Diego de Ordaz’s ascent of Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano – and family drama: Montemayor’s “Wind Traces,” starring Dolores Fonzi (“Paulina,” “Truman”), which shoots next March, a tale about a seven-year-old boy’s attempt to process the death of his father produced by Varios Lobos’ Victor Leycegui, exec produced by Zimbron.

Created in 2009 as an initiative of Daniel Castro Zimbrón, Marcos Castro, Diego Garcia and Pablo Zimbrón Alva, and with Luis Arenas and Leycegui on board as producer partners, Varios Lobos is a new-look Mexican production company, able to co-finance much of a movie’s budget via Efecine 189 tax coin – won by “Wind Traces” in the latest round of funding – and straight Imcine Mexican Film Institute incentives, and place projects at and win key project competition/showcases – “Darkness” was selected for Cannes Cinefondation Atelier, won at Guadalajara and Panama, Edgar Nito’s desert-set “Tatewari” plays Beyond the Window at Ventana Sur’s Blood Window.

Varios Lobos also mines Mexico’s ever-richer vein of genre auteur movies, sources sales agents – Memento for “Darkness,” Germany’s Media Luna on “Epitaph” – and can bring money to the table on majority or minority  international co-productions.

The last is one major way forward for Varios Lobos,  Zimbron, already an increasingly full-slate producer.

“We’d like to work more co-productions. We’re trying to create a broad production offer of film types, have a couple of comedies, a suspense film, a drama; ‘Tatewari’ is a bit like ‘Y tu mama tambien’ meets Robert Rodriguez.”

On “Tatewari,” Varios Lobos aims for key cast to be U.S. actors, on “Wind Traces” structure a co-production with Argentina. “We’d like to cover different markets, Mexican financing aids us to do this.

Varios Lobos is also looking to link up with other young producers based out of Mexico: Sandino Saravia Vinay, Julio Chavesmontes, Carlos Sosa, Nicolas Celis, spreading risk, sharing expertise and inspiration.

“They are also looking abroad. We want to grow together,” Zimbron said.

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