Muritiba to Kick Off ‘Kid’

Muritiba debut “Beloved” took Montreal Silver Zenith, features in Mar del Plata's Panorama

MAR DEL PLATA—Up-and-coming Brazilian helmer Aly Muritiba has set black comedy “Jesus Kid” as his sophomore feature, with its shoot scheduled to roll second half 2016.

Produced by Muritiba’s production house Grafo Audiovisual, “Kid’s” key cast will include Camila Pitanga (“I’d Receive the Worst News from Your Beautiful Lips”) and Brazilian TV star Sergio Marone, Muritiba told Variety.

“A black comedy, ‘Jesus’ will tell the story of a paperback Western writer, hit by a big creative block. He receives an offer to write a film screenplay about his situation. But, he’s holed up in a hotel, which is populated by weird characters who don’t allow him to write it,” the helmer said.

“Movie will have Coen brothers’ echoes,” producer William Biagioli hurried to point out. Pic is completing its $800,000 financing, which to date has been basically sourced from Brazil’s Fondo Setorial do Audiovisual (FSA).

Muritiba presents at this week’s Mar del Plata’s Panorama showcase his debut “To My Beloved.” Pic world premiered at Montreal where it nabbed a Silver Zenith for best First Fiction Feature Film. It played at San Sebastian Horizontes Latinos, receiving plaudits from crix and auds.

International sales are handled by Berlin-based Pluto Films. “Beloved” will be released in Brazil via Vitrine Filmes in January 2016.

Produced by Muritiba’s production company, Grafo Audiovisual, and co-financed by regional funding from Parana in Brazil, “Beloved” turns on Fernando, who has recently been widowed and is sunk in grief. Fernando’s memories of his dead wife and their son are all his world. One day, he happens upon one of her VHS tapes and finds out that she had cheated on him. Fernando decides to get to know the man who ruined the image he had of his beloved wife.

Defined by Muritiba as “a dark love story,” “Beloved” builds in thriller flourishes. “Beloved’s” screenplay received the Global Filmmaking Award at the Sundance Institute in 2013.

An example of Brazilian regional dynamism, Grafo Audiovisual is based out of the city of Curitiba. Shingle hosts Curitiba’s Olhar de Cinema International Film Festival, which saw its 4th edition in June. Muritiba has directed eight shorts. “A Fabrica” was shortlisted for the 83rd Academy Awards and took 60 awards in international festivals. Another, “Patio.” was selected for Cannes Critics’ Week and the latest –“Tarantula”- competed at Venice this year.

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