Funny Balloons flies with ‘Tahoe’

Sales agent nabs rights to film

PARIS — Paris-based sales agent Funny Balloons has taken worldwide rights outside Mexico to Berlin competition player “Lake Tahoe,” the second film from Fernando Eimbcke, one of Mexico’s hottest young film directors.

A singular coming-of-ager that world preems at Berlin, “Tahoe” is exec produced by Christian Valdelievre for Cine Pantera. It’s one of the first Mexican films to draw down Section 226 tax coin.

“Tahoe” is lensed by cinematographer Alexis Zabe, whose brief but impressive career includes Eimbcke’s debut, “Duck Season,” and Carlos Reygadas’ “Silent Light.”

“Eimbcke’s second film revisits themes from ‘Duck Season’ — youth, absent parents — but is strikingly different and a rare major step-up in maturity for a young director in only his second film,” said Funny Balloons’ topper Peter Danner.

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Shot in b/w, “Duck Season” was set in an apartment. Unfolding in an unidentified city during one day, “Tahoe” takes place mostly outdoors, and is lensed in color in cinemascope.

It turns on a 16-year-old boy (Diego Catano), who crashes his car. Desperately trying to get his car fixed, he runs into a series of off-beat characters.

Balloons also distributed “Season,” which licensed to 30 countries including the U.S. (Warner Independent), the U.K. (Optimum) and Japan (Laidback Corp.).

It also has an ongoing film-by-film relationship with Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern. Funny Balloons has signed to handle “Louise Michel,” after selling their debut, “Aaltra.”