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‘The Return’ Makes Impact at Ventana Sur

Chile-set project segues from San Sebastian, Puentes to Ventana Su

Gorki Glaser-Muller’s sophomore helmer “The Return” was featured in the sixth Puentes Europe-Latin America Producers Workshops at the Ventana Sur.

Aligning with other Hispanic-themed scripts at the festival, “The Return” is a political thriller set in Chile which looks at the relationship between children and parents. Zentropa’s Madeleine Ekman serves as the producer on the film. She got involved with Glaser-Muller’s latest project after working with the director on his first feature “Once A Year” in 2012. Ekman said they have been working on “The Return” for the past year.

Zentropa International Sweden primarily works with Swedish projects and talents. Ekman acknowledged the Swedish influence in the film, “[‘The Return’] is not just a thriller. Being from Sweden we always add the drama element in as part of our Swedish heritage.”

Yet Ekman says that taking the film to Latin America allows her to see how other people respond to the Swedish influence in a film.

“It’s super to see if our way of telling a story also can attract the South American audiences,” she says. “This is the first Zentropa film that will have most of the dialogue in Spanish and is shot here.”

The film was pitched as a project at San Sebastian Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum in September. Ekman said Forum has opened up opportunities to move the production of the film forward.

“[San Sebastian] gave us an opportunity to see the possibilities for us to do the film in Chile,” Ekman said. “Ventana Sur has given us the chance to meet again with our new friends and keep the process going.”

Currently “The Return” is still in development process, and Ekman says they are taking comments about the script, so it can be in its best condition before they go into production. Zentropa plans to start shooting the film in early 2016 and be able to present at the San Sebastian Festival that same year.

Ventana Sur, Latin America’s biggest film market, wrapped Friday.

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