Germany’s Pandora Film has boarded “El futuro,” director Alicia Scherson’s adaptation of Roberto Bolano’s novella “Una novelita lumpen.”
The co-production pact, which sees Pandora taking minority equity in “Futuro,” was struck at Venice.
“I was very attracted to the novella, and also the screenplay. It’s not always easy to make a wonderful screenplay from a great book,” said Pandora partner-producer Christoph Friedel.
Pandora has been involved in a bevy of Latin-American co-productions, including Berln Silver Bear winner “Gigante.”
Although Chilean Bolano died in 2003, his book “The Savage Detectives” was included in the New York Times’ 2007 top 10 novels list, which helped turn him into one of the most talked-about authors in Latin America.
“Futuro” is a Rome-set coming-of-age pic turning on two Chilean children, a boy and a girl, whose parents die in a car accident.
This is Scherson’s fifth film and the Chilean-born helmer also wrote the screnplay. “El futuro” will be produced by Chile’s Bruno Bettati’s Jirafa Films, Rome-based Movimiento Film and Pandora.
The partners are in talks with a sales agent and for Spain’s Ulysses to board as a fourth co-producer, Movimiento’s Mario Mazzarotto told Variety.
“El Futuro” is one of the highest-profile projects from the fastest-growing national cinema in Latin America.
Chilean pic production has jumped from just seven features in 2003 to 24 last year.
Escalating levels has meant far more festival play. Two Chilean features play Venice this year: Pablo Larrain’s “Post Mortem” and Mathias Bize’s Venice Days’ screener “The Life of Fish.”
Bize attributed Chile’s dramatic production surge to two factors: the creation of film schools, such as the Escuela de Cine de Chile, and an uptick in both TV coin and funding from Chile’s state film board, the Fondo de Fomento Audivisual.
Technical standards have risen too, he added.
“Fish” was co-produced by Chilean pubcaster Television Nacional de Chile.