Fabula goes ‘Wild’ with Rivas

Chilean art pic powerhouse preps 'Quispe Girls,' 'Tiger'

Fabula, the production house of director Pablo Larrain (“Post Mortem”) and brother Juan de Dios Larrain, is producing shorts helmer Marialy Rivas’ feature debut, “Young and Wild.”

Co-written by novelist Maria Jose Viera-Gallo and Pedro Peirano, “Wild” turns on the daughter of extreme Evangelist parents who defines herself as bisexual, writes a highly-sexual blog, but isn’t allowed by her family to go out at night.

Set in the 1980s, “Wild” might be seen as a sexual coming-of-age tale. But According to Rivas, its core interest is the girl’s sexual duality.

An LGBT pioneer in Chile, where sodomy was a jailable offence until 1998, Rivas’ 1996 gay docu-fiction short “Desde siempre,” made while she was still at film school, made waves.

As with “Siempre,” “Wild,” which wraps Saturday in Santiago de Chile, is based on a real-life person’s emotional and sexual confessions, captured in an extensive interview. The daughter will be played by actress Alicia Rodriguez (“Navidad”).

Despite Pablo Larrain’s fast-consolidating international rep, Fabula is far more than a vehicle for producing his films.

“Wild” is part of a 2011 production slate which confirms Fabula as one of Latin America’s busiest art film


At the Guadalajara Festival, which kicked off Friday, Fabula will present “The Quispe Girls” in the Ibero-American Co-Production Meeting strand.

Directed by Sebastian Sepulveda, who also co-wrote “Wild,” produced by Juan Ignacio Correa and Larrain, and set in 1974 in the Copiaco mountains, “Quispe” turns on three sister shepherds whose way of life is suddenly threatened.

Rolling October, and co-financed by France’s Fonds Sud Cinema fund, “Quispe” is co-produced by France’s Dolce Vita Films.

Having show-run the 13-seg action series “Profugos,” HBO Latin America’s first original production in Chile, Larrain is prepping his next feature.

Fabula’s slate includes helmer Oscar Godoy’s “Ulysses,” which plays April’s San Francisco Festival. Pic portrays a singular case of immigration, as much for emotional as economic reasons.

Now in post at Fabula, drama “The Year of the Tiger,” from Sebastian Lelio (“La Sagrada Familia”), is set during Chile’s May 2010 earthquake. “Tiger” will be ready for delivery in May, Larrain said.