Calle Luna Bows Colombia’s First Movie World Sales Company (EXCLUSIVE)

Dago Garcia’s ‘Shakespeare’ reps first third-party pick-up for Calle Luna, whose international sales op is headed by Linithd Aparicio

LOCARNO – Launching Colombia’s first world sales operation for movies – in a country where films are hard put to recoup from domestic – Colombia’s Calle Luna Producciones has inked international sales rights to top-tier film/TV director Dago Garcia’s “Shakespeare – Los espias de dios.”

It will also sell Calle Luna’s latest productions, “El silencio de tiempo,” and “Dr. Faith,” presented by Aparacio this April at the Panama co-production forum, Meets.

Linithd Aparicio will head up sales and festival outreach at Calle Luna, as well as international co-productions.

With Calle Luna now handling development, production, financing and international distribution on movies, its sales slate looks to be highly contained in the number of films, “focusing principally on auteur movies,” Aparicio said.

She added: “Colombian films’ domestic challenge is exhibition. From the experience we have, international sales can compensate auteur films’ limited market prospects in their home country.”

The first venture into high-art auteur cinema of Colombia’s king of mainstream movie hits and Caracol TV telenovelas, such as water-cooler movie “El Paseo” and soap “Pedro la Escamosa,” “Skakespeare” is a contempo, intimate drama and metaphor on human beings, family, ego and power, Aparicio said,

Dago Garcia Producciones and Colombia’s broadcaster Caracol Television produce.

A far cry from Garcia’s mainstream film/TV work, “Shakespeare” enrolls six of the Bard’s characters, given generic names, Brecht-style, plusthe German playwright’s distancing, Garcia explained, in an airplane set drama-thriller. Ingeniously, if Garcia puls it off, as the audience gradually recognizes the character’s Shakespearian identity, “Shakespeare” will allow audiences a fresh take on the psychology of some of the defining figures in Shakespeare’s tragedy canon.

According to a tag line, “Shakespeare” imagines a Man (Hamlet), a Woman (Cleopatra), a Young Man (Romeo), a Girl (Desdemona), a Father (Lear) and a Soldier (Macbeth) as the passengers on Flight 008. Unknown to them, they face a brewing on-ground conspiracy. With an attempted kidnapping, an electric storm the plane’s loss of coordinates, and the imperative necessity for one of the passengers to jump to their death, tension builds tension to flashpoint. Finally, despite all the Man’s warnings, the characters fulfill their tragic destinies.

Finalizing post-production within a few weeks, “Shakespeare” asks whether his tragic spirit and morality remain valid, Garcia said. Calle Luna plans to stage its market premiere at early December’s Ventana Sur, said Aparicio.

On a second slate title, produced by Calle Luna, Javier Gutierrez’s upcoming “Silencio del tiempo,” the screenplay is currently out to a script advisor. Calle Luna’s aim is to structure ‘Silencio’ as a co-production with France or Spain, Aparicio said at Locarno.

Calle Luna has received Ibermedia funding for development and applied to Colombia’s Film Development Fund (FDC) for production support. Project may well be unveiled at a late 2014 co-pro meet. With Rodrigo Cordoba, ex president of the Latin American Federation of Psychiatry, co-penning the screenplay with Gutierrez, “Silencio” is also attracting private-sector investment, Aparacio added.

Comedy “Dr. Faith,” about a disasterous Ponzi scheme in southern Colombia that Aparicio presented in April at the Panama Festival’s Meets co-pro mart, is in advanced pre-production, she added.

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