Raindance: Gonzalez-Padilla Boards Mexican Eco-Romcom ‘Heritage’

Feature project forms part of Raindance's Focus on Mexico co-production forum

Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez-Padilla (“I Love Miami,” “Regresa”) is boarding ecological romantic comedy “Mas alla de la herencia” (“Beyond Heritage”), one of the eight film projects selected for the London Raindance’s Focus on Mexico co-production forum.

Set up at Gonzalez-Padilla’s Mexico-based prodco Por Marca Producciones, project has gathered coin by Mexican Government’s Eficine tax system, having funding to date 40% of its $1 million budget.

Gonzalez-Padilla’s Florida-set company Skysea Films and Mexican producers Francisco Laresgoiti and Daniel Martinez, who attend Focus on Mexico, are also involved in the project.

Penned and directed by Gonzalez-Padilla, “Beyond Heritage’s” plot kicks off when Don Miguel, a wealthy Spaniard who emigrated to Mexico as a child, passes away and his daughter Lolo, a spoiled young woman, gets all of his fortune except for the most precious possession: his yacht.

“It is a Mexican feel good movie, a post-mortem love story between a father and daughter, in which the dispute over an heritage will offer commercial attractive, but with an ecologist subframe, which has to do with the sustainability of the seas,” Gonzalez-Padilla said.

Pic’s director, who praised the combination of dramatic framework with a weather phenom’s portrait that shows Wolfgang Petersen’s “The Perfect Storm,” added that the film will include scenes of a documentary about the patch of garbage that threatens the biodiversity of the seas.

Producers plan a five-months term to complete financing stage and a eight-week 2016 summer shoot, divided between Dominican Republic, Mexican Caribbean and Panama.

A former marketing head at Coca-Cola in Mexico, Gonzalez-Padilla launched Por Marca Producciones in 1993. Also a commercials production house, Por Marca’s film credits take in several Gonzalez-Padilla-directed movies, often comedies, including two Mexico-Spain co-productions: 2007’s “I Love Miami,” distributed by Lionsgate in the U.S. and Warner Bros in Spain, and “Regresa,” best film at the 2010’s Monaco Charity Film Festival.

The Focus on Mexico co-production forum, launched by the Raindance Film Festival in partnership with Mexico’s Guadalajara Intl. Film Fest and Variety, runs Sept. 30-Oct.1 in London.

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