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Coimbra Sets ‘Enforcados,’ Shoots ‘Aqui’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Brazilian helmer re-teams with Gullane, RioFilme

Following up “A Wolf at the Door,” Fernando Coimbra, one of Brazil’s most talked-up young talents, will direct another thriller and a second dissection of Brazil’s middle-classes, “Os enforcados” (literally, “Hanged”).

Sao Paulo’s Gullane Filmes, which closed the Venice Festival and opens Rio with “Amazonia,” will once more produce.

Rio de Janeiro investment fund RioFilme, which has been involved in most of Brazil’s big recent B.O. hits, another partner on “Wolf,” is funding development.

Coimbra, who is also co-directing with Sergio Machado (“Lower City”) the high-concept social docu-feature “Aqui Deste Lugar,” also set up at Gullane, was catapulted stage center when Mundial, the new IM Global-Canana joint venture, swooped on “Wolf” late August to make it the new Latin American sales company’s first pick-up from Brazil.

“Macbeth meets the Coen Brothers,” in Coimbra’s phrase, follow-up “Enforcados” changes social setting, unspooling in a Miami-style nouveau riche quarter of Rio de Janeiro.

There a husband and his overweeningly ambitious wife kill the man’s uncle, taking over his gambling racket. They are soon way out of their depth, steeped in corruption. And there’s no turning back.

Coimbra, who currently has “Enforcados” screenplay at a treatment stage, conceived the idea for ‘Enforcados’ while editing ‘Wolf’.

Like ‘Wolf,’ Enforcados is a tense psychological thriller about the relationship between a man and a woman,” Coimbra reflected.

But it’s also a “new step,” per Coimbra.

“’Os enforcados’ will have a little bit more black humor than “A Wolf at the Door,” Coimbra said at San Sebastian.

It also introduces new social and political heft into the mix.

“Rio’s nouveau riche is often involved in gambling, corruption. There are a lot of rich people in Brazil,” Coimbra said.

“But there are very few films about them, and when there are, they’re comedies. Brazilian films have to look at how rich people live,” he added.

“Aqui Deste Lugar” – the phrase is taken from a letter addressed to Brazilian president Luis Ignacio Lula de Silva, analyzes the long-term legacy of his Bolsa Familia family allowance, made conditional on its children attending school. The centerpiece of Lula’s welfare program, the Bolsa Family aimed to drag millions of Brazilians into its swelling lower middle classes.

Seven years after Lula won power, “Aqui” visits five Brazilian families – one in the Amazon, Sao Paulo, the south, two in the Brazil’s poorest North East – to judge its impact, if any.

“The major difference has been in the North-East. Families didn’t have running water 10 years ago. Now they do,” Coimbra commented. “Aqui” will be ready for delivery early 2014.

Generating buzz in Toronto and one of the most-talked-about new Latin American movies at San Sebastian, “Wolf” is seen as one of the strongest Latin American debuts in some time.

Pointedly set like “Wolf” in the Rio suburbs, rather than its shanty towns and favela hoods of Brazilian cinema after “City of God,” “Os enforcados” (literally, “Hanged”), “Wolf” is lensed by Lula Carvalho, Jose Padilha’s cinematographer on “Elite Squad,” “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within” and “Robocop.”

Based on a true story from the ‘60s, “Wolf” is nevertheless “a personal project though a story that can communicate with a audience and asked for a thriller elements, and I like to work with tension,” Coimbra said.

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