MADRID – Argentine Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s “Scherzo Diabolico,” Colombian Felipe Aljure’s “Three Scapulars” and “Reversal,” from Mexico’s Jose Manuel Cravioto, all feature at the Austin Festival’s 2nd Fantastic Market.
Co-organized with Mexico/L.A.’s Canana, and focusing on Latin American genre movies, the Market runs Sept. 18-20. It has also added Argentina’s “Remora” to its pitching projects.
“Scherzo,” “Scapulars” and “Reversal” play Austin’s Works in Progress or previews, clips and teasers section which also highlights Chilean Nayra Ilic and Gabriel Caceres’ “Game Bird” and “Necrophobia 3D,” directed by Argentina’s Daniel Vega.
The pix-in-post and preview selections feature a clutch of anticipated latest works from luminaries of Latin American fanboy fare, an emerging production sector whose major bases are Mexico, with three titles in this part of the Market, and Argentina, with two.
“These work-in-progress selections represent a broad range of styles and subject matter,” says Market director Rodney Perkins. “Although the films are very different, they share one thing in common: They are all the result of an intense original vision that is completely in sync with the mission of Fantastic Market.”
A 2012 Austin Fantastic Fest five-prize winner with “Here Comes the Devil,” “Scherzo,” now in post, reps another inflection in the genre career of the formerly Argentina-based Bogliano (“Penumbra,” “I’ll Never Die Alone”), whose English-language U.S. war vet/werewolf tale “Late Phases” bowed at March’s SXSW.
Produced by Mexico’s Andrea Quiroz and Carlos Melendez and L.A-based Joshua Sobel, “Scherzo” weighs in as a black comedy about a separating and out-of-work accountant’s kidnapping a teen girl, who proves his worst nightmare. It stars Francisco Barreiro (“We Are What We Are”), Daniela Soto Vell, and Cuba’s Jorge Molina (“Juan of the Dead”).
Caught in rough-cut at July’s Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM), where it was one of the highest-profile new titles winning the BAM Screenings’ Cinecolor Colombia Prize, Aljure’s first film in eight years turns on two guerrilla assassins, dispatched to murder a snitch, only to discover she’s heavily pregnant.
But it was its stylish, neo-Tarantino mix which got tongues wagging in Bogota: A kick-ass femme assassin, off-the-rails Colombian guerrilla mobsters, neo B movie split-screen sequences, and left-of-field camera angles – a sex scene showing just feet and hands – while the placid colonial city of Cartagena is shot like a new Miami, with a lengthy waterfront of concrete white high-rises, and a hit job by the beach.
Produced by Daniel Posada and Rodolfo Marquez, co-founder/CEO’s of Mexico’s Dark Factory, plus L.A.-Mexico City-based Alex Garcia – head of AG Studios, one of Latin America’s most significant production forces whose operations also take in Colombia and Brazil – Cravioto’s “Reversal” centers on a girl kept chained in a basement who turns the table on her captor. Cravioto last directed “Mexico’s Most Wanted,” sold by Mundial, a Canana/IM Global joint venture.
Ilic’s follow-up to fest fave “Square Meter,” and one of the latest films from Chile’s Forastero, “Game Bird” is about a stressed-out businessman whose basest instinct come out on a hunting trip in the Santiago hills. Forastero partners Gregorio Gonzalez (“The Maid” “Perez,”), Josefina Undurraga (“Perez”) and Florencia Larrea (“Aurora,” “Magical Fairy”) produce.
Directed by Argentine modern-day genre pioneer De la Vega, helmer of Faye Dunaway thriller “Jennifer’s Shadow,” “Necrophobia 3D’s” protagonist is an increasingly off-his wheels whose traumatic fears of death, build, especially alter the death of his identical twin.
A third Austin WIP movie, along with “Scherzo” and Scapulars, “Splendorous Garden of the Heart” marks the feature debut of Uruguay’s Juan Manuel “Juma” Fodde. An increasingly delirious mix of live action, rotoscope animation and CGI, “Garden’s” narrative turns on an advertising exec whose romantic idyll with his girlfriend starts to crumble when he hits hallucinogenic drugs.
Ignacio Garcia Cucucovich, a producing partner with Gustavo Hernandez at Montevideo horror pic powerhouse Mother Superior Films (“Casa Muda,” “Local God”), produces “Garden,” a part reflection on man’s fears of fatherhood.
Another fast-emerging figure, scribe-helmer Isaac Ezban, will present “The Similars,” which he describes as “psychological sci-fi,” channeling “The Twilight Zone,” as was also the case with Ezban’s “The Incident.”
In “Similars,” eight people shut up in a bus station on a stormy night suddenly begin to look similar in physical appearance to just one of the travelers. “Similars” is pointedly set on Oct. 2 1968, the date of Mexico’s Tlatelolco massacre of students by military and police.
“Good science fiction always has a political or social context. I wanted to set this story in the paranoiac and rebellious society of ‘60s Mexico,” Ezban told Mexico’s Morbido Fest website.
Austin Market’s previews and trailers also feature David Munoz’ and Adrian Cardona’s biblical genre comedy, “Fist of Jesus, Once Upon a Time in Jerusalem,” the second feature set up at Emili Pons Barcelona-based M’s Entertainment, and living dead conspiracy thriller “El Plata,” from Tamae Garateguy, famed for erotic wolverine tale “She Wolf.”
First unveiled at last year’s American Film Market, with FilmSharks on board to handle world sales, “Remora” is set on a doomed planet whose inhabitants struggle to escape an icy death.
Ambitious in budget, it is set up at Buenos Aires’ Nomad VFX house. Nomad CEO Fernando Sirianni, an exec producer on Lucia Puenzo’s “The Fish Child” and “XXY,” produces with Juan Pablo Pires, VFX producer on “Vinyl Days” and “8 Shots.”
The Austin Fantastic Fest takes place Sept. 18-25.