Brazil’s Dezenove primes slate

Projects include new pic by 'Hard Labor' helmers

Brazil’s Dezenove Som e Imagens has unveiled a 2011-12 production slate that confirms it as one of the country’s fastest-rising production players.

Frederic Corvez’s Paris-based Urban Distribution Intl., which has a three-year first-look sales and co-production alliance with Dezenove, has acquired world sales rights on “Moving Creatures.”

From first-timer Caetano Gotardo, the $1.5 million drama weaves three tales of grief and motherhood, exploring, Gotardo said, “the complexity of affection, and the emotions” prompted by loss. It wrapped Sept. 4.

Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra, directors of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard entry “Hard Labor,” are readying “Good Manners.”

Once more melding realism and horror tropes, it turns on a nurse left with a baby when its mother dies in childbirth. The baby is cute, despite its fur and claws.

Rojas and Dutra have delivered a second draft of the screenplay. Dezenove will seek international co-production partners after firming up Brazilian finance, co-founder Sara Silveira said. “Manners” is skedded to shoot second half 2012.

At the Venice fest this month, Silveira announced “Surge,” the first solo directorial effort from Brazilian Daniela Thomas, who co-directed “Linha de passe” and “Foreign Land” with Walter Salles. An 1800s slave drama, “Surge” is budgeted at 8 million reals ($4.7 million).

Silveira’s main production efforts will remain focused on lower-budget films, she emphasized.

Now in post-production, Dezenove’s “Once Upon a Time Veronica,” on which UDI also has international rights, played at San Sebastian Film Festival’s Films in Progress sidebar.

Marcelo Gomes’ latest turns on a young doctor in her first job after university.

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