In a year when two young Latin American genre talents — Argentinean Andy Muschietti with “Mama” and Fede Alvarez of Uruguay with “Evil Dead” — have already topped U.S. box office charts with their feature film debuts, even a borderline genre pic from one of Argentina’s leading new lights is likely to excite sales agents.
That’s certainly the case with “Some Girls,” from Argentina’s Santiago Palavecino, a buzzed-up production since it went through Cannes Cinefondation program and won the Arte Prize at April’s BAL and proved a highlight at BAL Goes to Cannes, the French festival’s inaugural pix-in-post showcase.
A bevy of sales agents was already circling Palavecino’s third feature days before its world premiere today in Venice Horizons.
“Some Girls” is, however, no teen-titillating shock fest, but rather a psychological thriller that explores female depression, Palavecino said. It is produced by Palavecino, Agustina Costa and Fernando Manero.
“ ‘Some Girls’ began when I realized that quite a lot of woman I knew of my age, around 30, were suffering from depression, and that this depression was much more common than I’d thought and different to men’s,” Palavecino said. “Much depression doesn’t have any rational explanation. So I didn’t want to write a screenplay and then have actresses act it out.
“Flirting with the fantasy genre helped me to get inside the characters’ heads without resort to lazy psychological labels.”
“Some Girls” is “a point of departure,” Palavecino said. With Manero and David Jacobs, he is now writing “Only Child,” a romantic psychological thriller that again enrolls genre elements.