You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Primer Plano Takes Worldwide Rights to Thriller ‘Witness’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Argentine Santiago Fernandez’s second feature plays at Ventana Sur's Blood Window

Pascual Condito’s sales-distribution company, the Primer Plano Film Group, has taken worldwide distribution rights to Argentine Santiago Fernandez’s psychological thriller “Intimate Witness.”

Playing in Ventana Sur as one of the six titles at Blood Window’s 2nd Bloody Works in Progress, “Witness” is produced by Buenos Aires-based Magma Cine and Mexico’s Nimbus Comunicacion, in what looks likely to be a growing axis between South America and Mexico.

Pic has covered approximately 85% of its $700,000 total budget, financed with distribution advances, prodcos’ own funds, plus public subsidies through Argentina’s INCAA film institute, said  producer Juan Pablo Gugliotta, at Buenos Aires’ Magma Cine, also the lead-producer on Pablo Fendrik’s Participant PanAmerica-backed “El Ardor.”

Fernandez established himself as a scribe-turned-helmer to track after helming chiller “The Second Death,” which Paris-based Reel Suspects sold to Germany, Japan, Spain and a bevy of Latin American territories led by Mexico.

Shot in the cities of Buenos Aires and Candil, in Argentina, Nimbus brought to the project two Mexican actors (Felipe Colombo and Maria Aura) and post-production crew. Leading cast members also includes Argentina’s Guadalupe Docampo, Graciela Alfano and Leo Sagesse.

“Witness” tells the story of two brothers, Facundo, a powerful lawyer played by Colombo, who’s having an affair with Violeta (Docampo), brother Rafa’s girlfriend. When Rafa (Saggese) discovers Violeta’s dead in his apartment, Facundo decides they have to get rid of the body.

As Fernandez previously declared, “Witness” will be a more commercial film than “Death,” which can be appreciated in pic’s narrative treatment, Gugliotta said.

Although playing in the Blood Window section, film doesn’t fits into a classic horror movie mould: There’s almost no blood nor gunshots: “Witness” is much more of an atmospheric psychological thriller.

“As a classic thriller with a surprise ending, it can appeal strongly to audiences,” said Gugliotta. “At the same time, it is also a love and suspense story about young, urban characters, which can make the film connect to this target audience.”

On “Witness’” potential market returns, the producer added: “It is a very solid project for all Latin America, easy to move on pay TV, VOD and Internet windows, and cast can enhance theatrical releases in Argentina and Mexico. It can be a strong product for genre film distributors in Europe, U.S. and Asia. In fact, we are in talks with the distributors that bought “Second Death.”

Buenos Aires’ Primer Plano will release “Witness” in Argentina on March 12.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Amanda

    ‘Amanda’ Takes Home Best Int’l Film at 15th Sanfic

    SANTIAGO, Chile    French director Mikhael Hers’ “Amanda” scooped up the Best Int’l Film award Saturday (Aug. 24) at the 15th Santiago Int’l Film Fest (Sanfic), which reported a 20% audience uptick in the past two years and continues to grow its reputation as the most vibrant and prominent film festival in Latin America’s Southern [...]

  • disney d23

    Cruella, Kit Harington and Black Panther's Return: Everything We Learned at D23 Day Two

    Not to be outdone by the avalanche of series orders and casting announcements bolstering the new streaming series Disney Plus, Walt Disney Studios showed off its film wares in a marathon presentation at D23 on Saturday. The Anaheim, Calif. expo brought star power, if perhaps fewer surprises than Friday’s presentation, as fans in princess and [...]

  • Harvey Weinstein, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift'The

    Taylor Swift Downplays Association With Harvey Weinstein

    Taylor Swift’s association with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was among the topics the singer addressed in a revealing new interview with The Guardian. Weinstein held producer credits for the movies “One Chance” and “The Giver,” both of which featured Swift — in the former, a song, and in the latter, a supporting role. She [...]

  • Breaking Bad Movie

    'Breaking Bad' Movie: Watch the First Teaser for 'El Camino'

    In case you hadn’t heard, Emmy-winning drama “Breaking Bad” is cooking up a movie sequel. On Saturday, after details of Netflix’s project quietly leaked online, the streaming giant issued the first teaser for “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,” which will be released on October 11. Starring Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, the “Breaking Bad” [...]

  • Samara Weaving and Adam Brody Big

    'Ready or Not': That Time Samara Weaving Hit Andie MacDowell in the Face

    Samara Weaving didn’t mean to hurt Andie MacDowell, but she did just that while they were rehearsing for their new horror dark comedy “Ready or Not.” “I hit Andie MacDowell in the face by accident,” Weaving says on this week’s episode of “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast. “It was horrible. It was [...]

  • Aracne

    Chile’s Sanfic, Mexico’s Morbido Fest Pact to Promote Latino Horror (EXCLUSIVE)

    Mexican horror festival Morbido and Chile’s Santiago Intl. Film Festival (Sanfic) have agreed on a long-term collaboration intended to strengthen the genre film industry in Chile and across Latin America. This partnership will see Morbido representatives attend the Sanfic industry section each year to aid in the promotion of horror projects and advise those projects [...]

  • Tom Holland'Spider-Man: Homecoming' film premiere, Arrivals,

    Tom Holland Addresses Spider-Man’s Studio Divorce at D23: ‘I Love You 3000’

    British actor Tom Holland showed face on the main stage at D23 on Saturday, in the thick of an ugly studio battle over the rights to his iconic Marvel character Spider-Man. Headlines have been rolling in for days about the contentious battle for the cinematic future of the hero, after Sony Pictures became unwilling to [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content