Ricardo Silva, director of surprise breakout “Navajazo,” one of Latin America’s most consistent fest hits of 2014, has set his follow-up, “El Fracaso,” produced like “Navajazo” by the Tijuana and San Diego-based outfit Specola.
Silva’s sophomore pic will turn on humanity’s desire of inmortality, represented in one of the most bizarre of settings, said Specola producer Paulina Valencia at Los Cabos Film Festival, where “Navajazo” took part of the Mexico Primero sidebar.
The chronicle of a struggle against oblivion, Tijuana-set “El fracaso” portrays an ostracized world where a once famous musician witnesses his own downfall, an imitator strives to eternally recapture the performance of his Lifetime, and a teen boy who swears by his inmortality while battling his demons.
The reality of many cases is that, rather than rising stars, the characters are washed-up, or have little hope of glory.
Specialized in micro-budget but profitable films -‘Navajazo’ cost less than $6,000-, Specola will follow a highly uncommon production scheme with “El fracaso:” Shooting kick-off vey shortly for a couple of days, then resumes in January, while producers will still be working on development and funding, Valencia said.
The producers are in talks to Mexico City-based distrib-producer Interior13 to join the project. A highly respected art film company, Interior13 already took “Navajazo’s” Mexican and Colombian distribution rights. “Navajazo,” an episodic portrait of lowlifes and oddballs living in Tijuana, won this year’s Locarno Filmmakers of the Present award as part of a successful journey through international festivals, which also includes the Audience Award at Mexico’s FICUNAM and best feature at Milano Film Festival.
Specola, a full service film and TV production company, is led by a five friends team from Tijuana which includes general director Adrian Durazo, producer Paulina Valencia, helmer-producer Ricardo Silva, post-producer Jorge Sanders and d.p. Alejandro Montalvo.
(John Hopewell contributed to this article)