Spanish sales agency Latido Films has taken international distribution rights to Julio Hernández Cordón’s male love story “I Promise You Anarchy,” which will world preem as part of the International Competition at the 2015 Locarno Film Fest.
A Mexico-based Guatemalan writer-director, Hernández Cordón made a name for himself with previous features “Gasoline,” “Dust” and “Marimbas From Hell,” all awarded at international festivals such as San Sebastian, Miami and Buenos Aires.
“I Promise You Anarchy” centers on Miguel, from a middle-class family, and Johnny, from a humble barrio, who are skateboarders, best friends and lovers. They sell their own blood, and those of their gang of skateboarders and acquaintances, to clandestine clinics to finance their lifestyle, until a big delivery job for a mob goes wrong.
Pic suggests a move toward the mainstream for Hernández Cordón in terms of a cinema that meshes a love story with a partially-autonomous-scene narrative while giving a visual and near physical pleasure to its filmmaking and allowing for an easy closeness with marginalized characters living in a sometimes near seemingly surreal Mexico City.
Co-produced by Mexico’s arthouse company Interior XIII and Germany’s Rohfilm, and produced by Sandra Gomez, Maximiliano Cruz and Hernández Cordón, “Anarchy” won in April the top award at IFF Panama’s pics-in-post showcase Primera Mirada.
“Anarchy” is “a lovely and heartfelt exploration of love and friendship. Beautifully shot, the film demonstrates Hernández’s versatility and progression as a filmmaker. The scenes of the skateboarders in Mexico City, for instance, are kinetic and feel very realistic,” according to Diana Sánchez, artistic director of the IFF Panama where the film won the top prize in April at its Primera Mirada pics-in-post showcase.
Per Hernández Cordón, the pic captures “the innocence of youth and the moments you try to play the bad guy, the criminal, but you are not really that kind of character.”
“My intention was to play with film noir. It’s also a mix between documentary and fiction. In this movie, we didn’t hire professional actors, and the cast could play in a natural and relaxed atmosphere,” he added.
“Anarchy” “is a love story taken to the limit in every way, addressing some of the most important issues of the Mexico of today, made by a director who perfectly knows what he wants and how he wants to tell it. We were excited by his previous films and we are proud to represent this film internationally,” said Latido executive director Antonio Saura.
For Madrid-based company Latido Films, Hernández Cordón’s latest feature represents the second film picked up this year from one of Latin America’s most exciting – and broad-based – film industries, after Latido took in May Celso García’s debut “The Thin Yellow Line,” a road movie produced by Guillermo del Toro that won the Audience Award at March’s Guadalajara Film Fest.
John Hopewell contributed to this article.