LONDON — Berlin-based sales company M-appeal has picked up Cuban film “La Obra Del Siglo” (The Project of the Century), which receives its world premieres in the Tigers Competition at Rotterdam Film Festival.
Carlos M. Quintela’s film, which is his second feature, looks at three generations of men struggling to co-exist under the same roof in a city once destined for greatness.
Quintela’s debut feature “La Piscina” (The Swimming Pool) premiered in the Berlinale’s Panorama section in 2012, and won the Ibero-American first film prize at the Miami Film Festival. It has played in more than 30 film festivals.
“The Project of the Century,” which takes place during a plague of mosquitoes, centers on Leonardo, who is struggling with the breakdown of his relationship. He moves back to live with his grandfather, who fights with everyone, and his father, who is filled with melancholy for what might have been, in a city that once promised to become the hub of the Soviet nuclear project in the Caribbean.
The film is produced by Argentina’s Rizoma, and co-produced by Uranio Films, Raspberry and Cream Films and Ventura Film. Producers are Natacha Cervi, Hernan Musaluppi and Pablo Chernov. Pic has received coin from the World Cinema Fund and the Hubert Bals Fund.