×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Peru toons up 3D feature

'Pirates' opening is largest ever for locally-made film

LIMA — Peru’s small movie industry is gearing up to break records with South America’s first locally produced feature-length film in 3D.

“Piratas en el Callao” (“Pirates in Callao”), adapted from a children’s book of the same name, is the story of a young boy who travels back to the 17th century to battle buccaneers off the coast of Peru.

Director Eduardo Schuldt said he chose the story, which is wildly popular with school kids in Peru, because it will easily make the jump to other countries. “This is the kind of story with universal appeal,” says Schuldt of Peru’s Alpamayo Entertainment.

“Pirates” opened Feb. 24 at 34 theaters in Lima, and another six in La Paz, the capital of neighboring Bolivia. Opening is the largest ever for a locally made film, rivaling only those of blockbusters like “Shrek.”

“We are treating this movie as something very big,” says Carlos Chavez, sales manager of United Intl. Pictures in Peru, which is distributing the pic.

After the Peru/Bolivia bow, “Pirates” will open in Central America and Argentina in April and the rest of the region in June. The film will be known as “Pirates of the Pacific” outside Peru. Alpamayo has already signed a deal with China’s Shanghai Animation to translate the film into Mandarin for 2006.

Besides being the first full-length 3D film produced in South America — Brazil’s “Xuxinha e os maxixes do punzao,” which opens in June, is a 2D/3D combo — “Pirates” is also the first Peruvian film with its own product line.

Alpamayo has signed deals to market T-shirts, clothing and lunchboxes with “Pirate” images. Agreements have also been inked with a fast-food chain and snack company.

“This movie has created a great deal of excitement throughout the industry. A Peruvian film has never received so much attention,” says Schuldt.

Schuldt put together a team of 15 animators who worked six days a week, 15 hours a day, to produce the 75-minute film, which took 18 months to make at a cost of $500,000.

Alpamayo began work on its second 3D film on Feb. 1. The still untitled movie is an adaptation of another book by Hernan Garrido Lecca, author of “Pirates in Callao.”

More Film

  • Raising Hell: The Life and Times

    Film Review: 'Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins'

    One of the more entertaining as well as insightful political commentators of the past half-century is paid a suitably entertaining tribute in “Raise Hell.” A long tall Texan too amusingly outrageous to draw real resentment from most of her targets, Molly Ivins nonetheless aimed stinging criticism at political figures both national and in her native [...]

  • The Lighthouse

    Cannes: Directors' Fortnight Unveils Lineup

    Robert Eggers’ anticipated “The Lighthouse” with Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, Bertrand Bonello’s “Zombi Child” and Japanese helmer Takashi Miike’s “First Love” are set to unspool at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight under the new leadership of Paolo Moretti. Described by Moretti as a “hypnotic two-hander” powered by Pattinson and Dafoe, “The Lighthouse” is fantasy horror film [...]

  • Media Luna Acquires ‘We Had It

    Cannes Festival: Media Luna Takes ‘We Had It Coming,’ ‘The Friendly Man’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    In the run-up to next month’s Cannes Festival, Cologne-based Media Luna New Films has acquired international rights to “We Had It Coming,” starring Natalie Krill (“Wynonna Earp,” “Below Her Mouth”) and Brazil’s “The Friendly Man,” one of the standouts at Ventana Sur’s strong Copia Final showcase of near-finished Latin American movies. MK2 Mile End will [...]

  • ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Stars Make Emotional Speeches

    ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Stars Make Emotional Speeches at Historic Marvel Premiere

    If more than twenty worldwide blockbusters over ten years sounds like a big undertaking, try locking up the cell phones and smartwatches of Hollywood’s most important people for four hours. Only a franchise with the cache of the “Avengers” series could have A-list talent, celebrity fans, agents and executives gladly turn over their gadgets for [...]

  • Avengers: Endgame

    'Avengers: Endgame' First Reactions: 'Most Emotional, Most Epic MCU Film'

    The end is finally here. “Avengers: Endgame” had its world premiere Monday night at the Los Angeles Convention Center and reactions on social media from fans, journalists and critics are already pouring in. The reaction has so far been almost universally positive, with several commentors warning fans of the movie’s emotional elements. Brandon Davis wrote [...]

  • Josh Brolin, Kathryn Boyd. Josh Brolin,

    'Avengers: Endgame's' Josh Brolin: Thanos' Butt Is a 'Beautiful, Purple Peach'

    On the eve of “Avengers: Endgame’s” world premiere, everyone’s thoughts have turned to the one crucial detail that could be the difference between life or death for the Avengers: Does Thanos have a butt? “I don’t know what that whole thing is about! I really don’t!” Josh Brolin, who plays Thanos, told Variety‘s Marc Malkin [...]

  • Tessa Thompson'Avengers: Endgame' Film Premiere, Arrivals,

    'Avengers: Endgame's' Tessa Thompson Says Valkyrie Would Spoon Captain Marvel, Thor

    Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and upcoming “Avengers: Endgame,” had no problem addressing speculation about the character’s sexuality at the “Endgame” red carpet premiere Monday. The “Sorry to Bother You” actress explained that she played her Marvel character as bisexual. “In the canon, [Valkyrie] is bisexual. You see her with [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content