Christian Slater, a Golden Globe best actor winner this year for “Mr. Robot,” joined the cast last week of Santiago Mitre’s Ricardo Darin-starrer “The Summit,” a title which is shaping up as one of the biggest and most-anticipated Latin American productions of the year.
In early dealings on the film, Warner Bros. Pictures acquired rights to Latin America and Spain. Prestigious French indie Memento Films also boarded as a co-producer and French distributor.
Arriving on the set of “The Summit” in Buenos Aires last week during the last days of its shoot, Slater has a small but incisive role in “The Summit” where he plays a U.S. government official.
Lead-produced by Buenos Aires-based K & S, and sold at the American Film Market by Film Factory, “The Summit” wrapped production this Monday.
K & S, Film Factory and Argentine TV network Telefe – also on board “The Summit” – previously teamed on Damian Szifron’s “Wild Tales” and Pablo Trapero’s “The Clan,” two of the highest profile Latin American movies of 2014 and 2015, “Wild Tales”grossing $42.7 million worldwide.
Directed by Cannes’ 2015 Critics’ Week winner Santiago Mitre, (“Paulina”), like these titles, “The Summit” marks a big step-up in budget, ambition, cast and producer-backing for its director.
Described as a political thriller about a man confronting his inner demons, “The Summit” stars Darin as the president of Argentina who finds himself trapped between politics and his personal life at an international summit high up in the Andes, set to discuss regional strategies and geopolitical alliances.
At the summit, he lives a political and family drama that leads him to confront his darkest side, and must make two decisions that could change the course of his life: a difficult emotional situation involving his daughter; the most important political decision of his entire career, according to the film’s synopsis.
“The Summit” “tells the story of a president who must make a tremendous decision: protect his power or stand by his family and his principles. Can he manage to do both?” commented producer Hugo Sigman at K & S.
“La cordillera” also stars Dolores Fonzi (“Truman,” “Paulina”), Erica Rivas (the bride of “Wild Tales”), Elena Anaya (“The Skin I Live In”) and Argentina’s Gerardo Romano (“La fuga”). From Chile, Berlin best actress winner Paulina Garcia (“Gloria”) and frequent Pablo Larrain male lead Alfredo Castro, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, a five-time Mexican Academy Ariel Award winner and Brazil’s Leonardo Franco also have prominent roles. Three-times Oscar-nominated Alberto Iglesias is composing the score.
Beyond K & S, “The Summit” is produced by La Union de los Rios, the lead-producer on “Paulina” and Mitre’s debut “The Student,” Spain’s MOD Producciones, producer of Alejandro Amenabar’s movies and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Biutiful,” and France’s Maneki Films (“White Elephant,” “Paulina”). Telefe, Arte France Cinema and Memento Film Productions co-produce.
Movie’s eight-week shoot, which saw Mitre working with a crew of over 100 specialist technicians, took in locations in Buenos Aires and Argentina’s Bariloche, Santiago de Chile and Chilean ski-resort Valle Nevado. Few Latin American directors reach such heights.