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Cine-Sud Boards ‘Circus,’ ‘Parable’

Lenouvel’s company broadens Latin American lineup

BOGOTA – Thierry Lenouvel’s Paris-based Cine-Sud Promotion, one of Europe’s most prolific co-producers with Latin America, is spreading his net ever wider, co-producing Brazilian Chicho Teixeira’s “The Santo Amaro Circus” and “The Parable of the Blind Christ,” from Chile’s Christopher Murray.

Deals consolidate Cine-Sud’s position as a top go-to company in France for producers looking to tap into French funds and France’s distribution market on movies by new and up-and-coming movie directors from Latin America.

Lead-produced by Brazil’s Bossa Nova Films, “Circus” is co-produced by Andres Wood’s Wood Producciones.

Bossa Nova and Wood previously co-produced Sundance Festival Jury Prize winner “Violeta Went to Heaven.” Francisca Gavilan, Violeta Parra in “Violeta,” is attached to play a circus performer in “Circus” (Variety, Feb. 10, 2013).

“Circus” is scheduled to roll on Sept. 3 in Sao Paulo, Bossa Nova’s Paula Cosenza said at this week’s Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM). Its casting director is Maria Fatima Toledo, who cast “Elite Squad” and “City of God,” she added.

“I was struck by Teixeira’s previous film, “Alice’s House,” and the strength of ‘Santo Amaro Circus’’ screenplay,” Lenouvel said.

Lead-produced by Bruno Bettati’s Chile-based Jirafa, whose “The Future” screened at Sundance, “Parable” was developed at the Cannes Festival’s Cinefondation Residence. Also written by Murray, “Parable” turns on a man who, believing he is a Christ, sets out to perform his first miracle, saving a dying friend.

“Parable” “has the ambience of a Pasolini film, and I have wanted to work with Bruno Bettati for a long time,” Lenouvel commented.

Colombia remains Cine-Sud’s core co-production territory, however.

Ruben Mendoza’s “Dust on the Tongue” and Maria Gamboa’s debut “Mateo” –a working title – which are both co-produced by Mendoza and Daniel Garcia’s Bogota-based Dia-fragma and Cine-Sud, screen at BAM.

Cine-Sud has co-produced seven Colombian movies since signing on for Mendoza’s feature debut “The Stoplight Society” late last decade.

Lenouvel commented: “In Colombia, I have discovered a new national cinema and a lot of new young talent whose films often treat social issues, which is very much my passion and line of work.”

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