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Calle Luna Unveils ‘Shakespeare’ at Ventana Sur, Takes ‘Offering’

Colombia’s first movie sales company builds early slate

BUENOS AIRES – 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, a Bogota-based production-distribution-sales company founded in 2009, will unveil at Ventana Sur its first third-party pick-up, screening top-tier Colombian film/TV director Dago Garcia’s “Shakespeare – Los espias de dios.”

The Ventana Sur screening comes as Calle Luna begins construct its first sales slate, a wide-ranging mix of fiction, docus and shorts.

At Ventana Sur, Calle Luna’s Linithd Aparicio, who heads up sales and festival outreach at Calle Luna, as well as international co-productions, will be talking up Calle Luna’s latest productions, “El silencio de tiempo,” and “Dr. Faith,” presented by Aparacio this April at the Panama co-production forum, Meets. She will also be introducing buyers to Colombian docu-feature “Medellin en salsa” and short “The Offering,” a co-production between New York’s Kinetiscope and Calle Luna, which shot on location in Colombia.

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.

“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.

Directed by Greg Slagle and Colombia’s Javier Gutierrez, “The Offering” follows two men as they travel from Bogota out into the sticks. It transpires they are soldiers, looking for the Flores family, whom they discover – a little girl, an elderly woman – in a dilapidated farm compound. The soldiers’ intentions, however, still have to be clarified.

 

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