×

FiGa, Pasto, BD Cine Link for Juan Schnitman’s debut, ‘Incendio,’ (EXCLUSIVE)

FiGa also boards ‘Gulliver,’ ‘Beira Mar’

BUENOS AIRES – In the run-up to Ventana Sur, L.A.-based sales-production-distribution co FiGa Films has linked to Barbara Francisco’s Pasto Cine, co-producer of Santiago Mitre’s “The Student” and Diego Dubcovsky and Daniel Burman’s BD Cine, one of Argentina’s most established production outfits, taking world sales rights on “El Incendio,” which in lead-produced by Francisco’s Pasto Cine in co-production with BD Cine.

SEE MORE: Ventana Sur

Also boarding Maria Alche’s “Gulliver” and “Beira Mar,” from Marcio Reolon and Filipe Matzembacher in Porto Alegre, which marks FiGa/Br’s fourth pick-up, Sandro Fiorin and Alex Garcia continue to solidify relationships with new talent and regions of Latin America which are building fast.

Produced by Francisco, Dubcovsky and Fernando Brom, “El incendio” marks the fiction feature debut of Juan Schnitman, who co-wrote and co-directed with Santiago Mitre, Alejandro Fadel and Martin Mauregui “El Amor (Primera Parte)”. Mitre, Fadel and Mauregui went on to co-write Pablo Trapero’s “Carancho,” “Leonera” and “White Elephant,” and debut notably as solo directors with Mitre’s “The Student” and Fadel’s “The Wild Ones.”

Starring Pilar Gamboa (“They All Lie”) and Juan Barberini (“Cerro Bayo”), “El Incendio,” an intense relationship snapshot made when a couple take $100,000 to pay for a flat. But the seller doesn’t appear. Frustrated they return to their rented apartment and hide the money. “El incendio” captures the 24 hours of waiting, the true nature of the couple’s love, their crisis, and their violence.

“This is our first collaboration with producers we admire very much. It’s an honor to be working with them on the launch of Juan Schnitman’s international career. ‘El incendio’ will for sure premiere early next year in a top festival,” Fiorin said.

An arthouse company founded by Francisco in 2010, Pasto Cine co-produced “The Student,” lead-produced by Buenos Aires’ La Union de los Rios, which is one of the most talked about Latin American debuts of the last decade, and produced and distributed “Germania,” by Maximiliano Schonfeld, which won awards at 2012’s Bafici – a Special Jury Prize and Feisal Award – as well as at the Prague, Hamburg, and Punta del Este Festivals. Pasto is currently working with BD Cine on Daniel Burman’s upcoming “El Rey del Once.”

FiGa Films already handled acclaimed short, “Noelia,” which won best short and best director at Bafici and was-directed by Argentine actress Maria Alche, who initiated her acting career spectacularly playing the lead in Lucrecia Martel’s “The Holy Girl.”

Produced by director-producer Constanza Sanz Palacios, “Gulliver” was shot over a year and a half. An experimental film, it turns on two young brothers, who witness their mother telling stories. Night mixes with day, reality with fantasy. ”Gulliver” will also debut in a major winter festival in early 2015, said Fiorin.

Directed and produced by Porto Alegre’s Reolon and Matzembacher, whose “A Ballet Dialogue” was chosen as the fourth best shot of 2012 by Format Court, “Beira Mar” turns on two friends’ gradual estrangement on a winter trip to the coast. It screened in March at the Toulouse CineLatino Films in Progress.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Cocina Belleza

    San Sebastian: ‘Cocinar Belleza’s’ Sergio Piera, Toni Segarra Talk Culinary Art

    Cognoscenti of culinary documentaries relish how open the genre is, driving deep into technique, amazing spectators by revealing the profession’s depths. Rarely, however, does a documentary decide to sidestep the well-known beats of the genre, step back and capture a bigger picture that asks about the nature of beauty and art rather than culinary craftsmanship [...]

  • Netflix-logo-N-icon

    Netflix Orders Danish Supernatural Thriller Series 'Equinox'

    Netflix has ordered “Equinox,” a six-part Danish supernatural thriller series based on the well-known podcast Equinox 1985 which will be created by Tea Lindeburg (“Kødkataloget”). Set to start shooting later this year, “Equinox” will be executive produced by Piv Bernth (“The Killing”) at Apple Tree Productions, which is backed by ITV Studios. Production is expected [...]

  • Nina Wu Midi Z Un Certain

    Chinese Indie and Indian Films Dominate Pingyao Festival Lineup

    Chinese indie and Indian films dominate the lineup of the Pingyao International Film Festival. The main selection for the festival’s third edition will include 28 world premieres, organizers revealed on Monday. The event will screen 52 films from 26 countries and territories, with all of them having their China debut. The opening film is set [...]

  • 'Sound of Metal' Review: Riz Ahmed

    Toronto Film Review: 'Sound of Metal'

    “Sound of Metal” is a film with a potent, searing hook. It stars Riz Ahmed, who is such a sensational actor (just watch him in “Jason Bourne” or “Nightcrawler” or “The Sisters Brothers”), as Ruben, a punk-metal drummer, heavy on the tattoos and peroxide, who has been thrashing away as part of a caterwauling noise [...]

  • David Goodman

    WGA West's David Goodman on Agency Strategy: 'We'll Start Meeting as Soon as Possible'

    David Goodman, who was resoundingly re-elected president of the Writers Guild of America West on Monday, said the guild plans to meet with several talent agencies soon in an effort to ease the impasse over packaging fees and affiliated production. “Many agencies had indicated that they wanted to wait to see the results of the [...]

  • Australian Outback

    Legend Media Seeks Trio of West Australia-China Co-Productions (EXCLUSIVE)

    Perth, Australia-based production company Legend Media is preparing a slate of three feature films to be produced with partners in China. The company styles itself as one that recognizes the opportunities for Asian engagement that have fallen to Australia, through geography, trade and culture. The company aims to make use of the bilateral film co-production [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content