Mexican thesp Kuno Becker’s directorial debut “Panic 5 Bravo” jolted auds in the first of several gala screenings at the 29th Guadalajara International Film Festival. Set against the U.S.- Mexican border, suspense pic centers on four paramedics who defy U.S. regulations to answer a distress call just across the border in Mexico. What next ensues as they are trapped inside their ambulance turns into a harrowing experience where sound design from Culver City-based Sonic Magic Studios plays a key role. The term “5 Bravo” is used by emergency responders when referring to a shooting incident.
Becker plays the lead from a screenplay he also penned. English-language pic was shot for two and a half weeks last year on a $500,000 budget, per Becker. Backed by Videocine, “Panic 5 Bravo” is set to bow in Mexico on July 18.
“I had been working on a documentary – still in the making- on ambulance teams when the idea for this film came to me,” said Becker who tapped the Mexican Red Cross as consultants.
Becker’s film and TV credits include the soccer pic trilogy “Goal!,” Christopher Hampton’s “Imagining Argentina” and U.S. skeins “House” and the new version of “Dallas,” seasons 2 and 3.
Becker is currently penning two projects which he’s not yet decided if he’ll helm: “1985,” based on the aftermath of the devastating magnitude 8.1 earthquake in Mexico that year and “Paganini,” a biopic on the Italian violinist/composer.
“1985” is likely to go into production first as it will tap Mexico’s film incentives, per Becker.
“Paganini” is a passion project for Becker who has played the violin since he was 5 years old. Prominent Mexican producer Monica Lozano (“Amores Perros,” “Instructions not Included”) is co-developing pic.