SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain – In a pact closed Wednesday at Spain’s San Sebastian Festival, Vicente Canales’ Film Factory Entertainment closed world rights outside Chile and France to the most sought-after movie in San Sebastian’s pics-in-post Films in Progress section, “To Kill a Man,” from Chile’s Alejandro Fernandez Almendras.
The winner of Locarno’s Carte Blanche and Santiago de Chile’s Sanfic WIP last month, Chile-set vengeance thriller “To Kill” came to San Sebastian as the latest film with breakout potential from Chile, which is enjoying a remarkable run of festival prizes and sales, such as on Pablo Larrain’s “No” and Sebastian Lelio’s “Gloria.”
“To Kill” did not win Films in Progress despite –or because of – its previous prize trawl.
It was, however, judged by sales agents who attended San Sebastian’s Films in Progress to be by a clear head the most sellable of movies at FIP.
A questioning vengeance thriller teasing out the motives that really drive a retiring father to take justice into his own hands after his son is shot and his daughter kidnapped by the local barrio lowlife, “To Kill” marks a change of register for its director.
Fernandez Almendras previously helmed 2009 family saga “Huacho” and 2011’s countryside-set drama “By the Fire,” well received at Cannes and San Sebastian, respectively. “To Kill” marks a none-too-common potentially successful move toward the mainstream for a helmer.
“The film delivers on our aims: to not lose its director’s vision but to create a film which has larger audience potential. With Film Factory, we can achieve this aim all the more,” said “To Kill a Man’s” producer Eduardo Villalobos at El Remanso.
Pic is co-produced by Guillaume Deseille at France’s Arizona Films.
“’To Kill’ is a powerful, tough, original film from a director who is still growing and Fernandez Almendras’ most mainstream film to date,” said Film Factory founder Vicente Canales.
He added: “Chile is one of the most dynamic of Latin America’s national cinemas. It’s important for us to create relationships with talented producers who can do great things in the future.”
“Constructing long-term, deep links between Chile and international countries is a fundamental objective for CinemaChile,” said the director of the promotion org, Constanza Arena.