FilmSharks Intl. has taken Latin American rights to “The Second Death,” the latest film from Buenos Aires’ Magma Cine, one of Latin America’s fastest-growing production houses.
The feature debut of Argentinean helmer-scribe Santiago Fernandez, “Second Death,” the moody genre blender – a rural procedural-come-mystery chiller, marks an original addition to Argentina’s fast-building genre production scene as a younger generation of filmmakers and producers seek to reach out to wider audiences.
Agustina Lecouna (“France”) plays a woman cop with her own dark past who investigates a murder case in a dead-end village with its own dark past. She’s skeptical when boy clairvoyant reveals that the murderer is the Virgin Mary. But he never seems to be wrong.
A self-styled “genre auteur,” Fernandez shot “Death” in desaturated tones to suggest characters who are anchored in the past, living in a dead present, he said.
Screened at Argentina’s Bafici Fest and Spain’s Sitges, “Death” is the first of three genre pics – understood in a wider sense – set up at Magma Cine, as it moves from classic arthouse production towards wider audience fare.
Adrian Caetano’s romantic thriller “Mala,” a BVI pick-up for Latin America, bows Feb. 14; BAC Films Intl. announced Thursday the also Magma-produced Pablo Fendrik’s “The Ardor,” an Amazon-set Western, with Gael Garcia Bernal and Alice Braga.