Academy Award-nominated Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”), Diego Luna (“Y Tu Mamá También”) and Sofia Espinosa (“Gloria”) will star in “The Black Minutes,” one of two new and high-profile titles brought onto Berlin’s market by IM Global/Canana’s joint sales venture Mundial.
Mexico/L.A.-based, and headed by Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal and Pablo Cruz, Canana also produces “The Black Minutes,” which weighs in as one of the big new players for the U.S. Latino audience, Mexico and beyond.
Mundial will also sell 2016 Sundance-selected “Mr. Pig,” directed by Luna, and starring Danny Glover.
A modern-day film noir and tale of crime, corruption and cover-ups that brings a 20-year-old cold case crashing into the present day, “The Black Minutes” turns on a world weary cop and serial killer confronting past crimes that have tied them together for many years.
Adapting the same-titled novel by Martin Solares, “The Black Minutes” is directed by Mario Muñoz, who debuted with acclaimed crime thriller “Bajo la Sal.” Muñoz and Solares wrote the screenplay.
“ ‘The Black Minutes’ explores the trials of a journalist and policeman trying to discover the truth,” said its producer Pablo Cruz (“Miss Bala”).
A thriller-action film channeling classic film noir, “The Black Minutes” reflects on police ethics, corruption, the state of journalism in Mexico, he added. “Journalism has become the most dangerous profession in Mexico,” Cruz declared, noting that more than 100 journalists have been killed in recent years.
A roadtrip of rediscovery starring Glover as a California pig farmer looking for a home in Mexico for Howard, his last pig, and with Maya Rudolph as his estranged daughter, “Mr. Pig” bowed in Sundance Premieres.
IM Global’s Berlin line-up features two of the biggest movies being brought onto the European Film Market: Keanu Reeves starrer “Rally Car,” from Harald Zwart; and “Woman Walks Ahead,” directed by Susanna White from a script by Steven Knight and starring Jessica Chastain. Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead,” on which Sony Pictures Classics took the U.S. and a number of international territories, plays in the Berlin Festival.