You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Romandia crosses border

Mantarraya goes global

Mantarraya Producciones, the company founded by Jaime Romandia in association with Carlos Reygadas and his NoDream Cinema label, is going global with its current slate of five films.

Indie Mexican production company has won the backing of Jean Labadie’s Bac Films and is tapping talent from outside Mexico, including Spanish tyro helmer Pedro Aguilera and Russian director Artur Aristakisian (“A Place on Earth”).

Labadie is involved as sales agent, distributor and most recently as co-producer for most of the 2006 slate. “We are beginning a relation with the best French distributor there is, we are very happy,” said Romandia.

Bac Films, which acted as distributor for Reygadas’ “Battle in Heaven,” is co-producing the his next pic, “Stilles Licht” (Silent Light), set in Mexico’s little- known Mennonite community, will shoot this summer. Arte Francia is also co-producing. Bac is also backing Amat Escalante’s “Los Bastardos.” Filming in Madrid has just wrapped on the first feature by Spanish director Aguilera, “La Influencia” (The Influence), about a who plunges into bankruptcy and depression as her children try keep her going.

Aguilera was assistant director on both “Battle in Heaven” and “Sangre.” Bac will handle international sales for the pic. In early 2007, Romandia will also produce Aristakisian’s “A Mexican Story,” which on a cash prize at Rotterdam’s Cine- Mart and also received a grant from the Hubert Bals Fund. Aristakisian and Reygadas became friends on the festival circuit in 2001 while touring with “A Place on Earth” and “Japon.”

Mantarraya is also prepping Pablo Adrete’s period Western “River of Gold” for later this year and looking for partners in the pic.

Branching out to work with directors from other countries, Romandia said Mantarraya wants to define itself by the type of filmmakers they back, not by nationality.

“The only thing important to me is to find good authors, strong authors that have a proposal and it doesn’t matter if they come from Russia or wherever,” he said.

More Film

  • Richard E. Grant, Bo Burnham Clean

    Richard E. Grant, 'Roma' Among Early Winners at 2019 Indie Spirit Awards

    Richard E. Grant, Bo Burnham and “Roma” were among the early winners at the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards, held Saturday on the beach in Santa Monica, Ca. Grant took the best supporting male prize for his role in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”, about celebrity forger Lee Israel, edging out stiff competition in Adam [...]

  • 2019 Indie Spirit Awards Winners List

    2019 Indie Spirit Awards Winners: Complete List (Updating Live)

    The 2019 InAdd Polldependent Spirit Awards are taking place on a beach in Santa Monica, Calif., with “We the Animals” topping nominations with five. “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” and “You Were Never Really Here” are up for four each. The Spirit Awards are chosen by the Film Independent’s 6200 members after an anonymous committee votes on [...]

  • Oscars Oscar Academy Awards Placeholder

    Hated It! How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Gripe About the Oscars

    Watching the Academy Awards telecast, then grousing about it the next day, has become a hipster parlor game — it’s what the Complete Oscar Experience now is. The complaints are legion, and we all know what they are, because we’ve all made them. The show was too long. The host bombed. His or her opening [...]

  • Boots Riley arrives at the 34th

    Boots Riley: Spike Lee Yelled at Me After 'BlacKkKlansman' Criticism, But We're Good Now

    “Sorry to Bother You” director and musician Boots Riley, who wrote a scathing criticism of Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” for its positive representation of law enforcement, said that he and the “Do the Right Thing” auteur are good now. But it took some time (and drama) to get there. Last year, Riley called Lee’s Oscar-nominated “BlacKkKlansman” [...]

  • Dr. Donald Shirley (Mahershala Ali, right)

    Read Variety's 1957 Review of 'Green Book' Pianist Don Shirley

    “Green Book” viewers who are not totally versed in the ways of ’50s and ’60s jazz may come away from the heavily Oscar-nominated movie wondering just how well known and respected the film’s central musical figure, Don Shirley (played by Mahershala Ali), really was in his heyday. The answer: revered enough to have picked up [...]

  • Editorial use onlyMandatory Credit: Photo by

    Steven Spielberg Remembers 'Friend and Early Mentor' Stanley Donen

    As news of the death of prolific director Stanley Donen spread Saturday, the industry was quick to remember the helmer of so many classic musicals. Donen directed such hits as “Singin’ in the Rain,” co-directed with and starring Gene Kelly; “Funny Face” with Audrey Hepburn; and “Charade,” with Hepburn and Cary Grant. “Stanley Donen was [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content