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.
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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.