Ventana Sur: ‘Downhill,’ ‘Benavidez’s Case’ Play at Bloody Work in Progress

DOWNHILL
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3rd Latin American pix-in-post genre showcase unspools at Buenos Aires' Blood Window Market

Chilean Patricio Valladares’ horror-action pic “Downhill,” a worldwide pickup by France’s WTFilms, and Laura Casabe’s dramedy-thriller “Benavidez’s Case,” toplining vet Argentine star Norma Aleandro, figure among the six titles at Blood Window’s 3rdBloody Works in Progress edition.

A Latin American pix-in-post genre showcase, curated by San Sebastian Film Fest director Jose Luis Rebordinos, BWIP forms part of Ventana Sur’s Blood Window, a Latin American Fantastic Film Market, one of the only two of its kind focusing on Latin America, alongside Austin’s Fantastic Film Market.

“Downhill,” which Patricio Valladares describes as “’Cliffhanger’ meets ‘Paranormal Activity’ by way of David Cronenberg’s old movies,” focuses on a biking star that goes back to the wheels for an exhibition in Chile. After a test run in the mountains with his girlfriend, he becomes the target of relentless killers.

Valladares broke through with the Michael Biehn-starrer, suspense-drama “Hidden in the Woods,” the English-language adaptation of his 2012’s Chilean film “En las afueras de la ciudad,” an Artsploitation U.S. pickup.

Working on “Downhill” final rough cut, WTFilms and Chilean prodco Too Much Films are looking at Blood Window for genre film fest consideration and buyers.

A highly-stylized dramedy laced with fright-fare from Laura Casabe (“The Good Fairy: a Peronist Fable”), “Benavidez’s Case” turns on a frustrated art teacher that seeks refuge at his psychiatrist’s house. Argentine thesps Jorge Marrale and Guillermo Pfening (“The German Doctor”) co-star alongside Aleandro.

“Benavidez’s Case” is set up at Magali Nieva Umansky’s Ninja Films Argentina, a Buenos Aires-based outfit specialized in fantastic/genre fare, which is also pitching at Beyond the Window, Blood Window’s co-production forum, the project “Pulsion,” directed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano, Ezio Massa and Daniel de la Vega.

From Brazil, Infravermelho Filmes will be courting sales agent at BWIP for fantasy thriller “Uptake Fear,” helmed by special effects artists Kapel Furman and Armando Fonseca, about the rise of a psychopath who loses control. Selected by Austin Fantastic Fest, Fonseca’s zombi suspense-actioner project “Desalmados,” played last year at Beyond the Window.

Bloody Work in Progress also features Sebastian and Federico Rotstein’s horror pic “Terror 5,” set during the commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the tragedy of Camargo Street. At editing stage, pic is co-produced by Argentina’s Camargo Cine, Sebastian Perillo and Werner Cine.

Produced by Laberinto Films, Chilean first-timer Jorge Riquelme Serrano will present “Chameleon,” a thriller on an intruder at the beach house of two girls in their last days together before one of them undertakes a long trip abroad.

Mexico’s Carlos Algara and Alejandro Martinez Beltran’s thriller “Veronica,” produced by Producciones a Ciegas, turns on a retired female psychologist who decides to take on the case of a young woman whose therapy was interrupted due to the mysterious disappearance of her former psychologist.

The 3rd Bloody Work in Progress unspools Nov. 30-Dec. 4 at Ventana Sur.

BLOODY WORK IN PROGRESS PROJECTS

“La valija de benavidez,” (Laura Casabe, Argentina)

“Terror 5,” (Sebastian Rotstein and Federico Rotstein, Argentina)

“Verónica,” (Carlos Algara and Alejandro Martínez Beltrán, Mexico)

“Chamaleon,” (Jorge Riquelme Serrano, Chile)

“Downhill,” (Patricio Valladares, Chile)

“Uptake Fear,” (Kapel Furman and Armando Fonseca, Brasil)

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