LOCARNO – Todo Cine Latino, the speciality label of Paul Hudson’s Outsider Pictures, has acquired U.S. rights to “Yellow Sunglasses” (“Gafas Amarillas”), Ecuadorian Ivan Mora’s follow-up to “No Autumn, No Spring,” a key building brick in the burgeoning New Andean Cinema.
Founded in 2009 to produce young indie movies from the Andean region, Ecuador’s La Republica Invisible, lead-produces. Germany’s Aktis Films and Brazil’s Persona Non Grata co-produce. Francisco Franco at Xpressmax DVD will handle distribution in Ecuador. “Sunglasses” won a CNC Ecuador Film Agency development award.
“Yellow Singlasses” is also one of nine projects which has undergone intensive development at Europe’s EAVE-Puentes co-production training facility which is celebrating the last session in its 2014-15 edition at this week’s Locarno Fest.
Written by Mora, “Sunglasses” confirms Ecuador’s nascent cinema turning on the concerns and aspirations of a burgeoning middle class: Here, happiness in love, fulfilling career dreams.
Produced by Isabel Carrasco at La Republica Invisible, which also backed generational vignette “No Autumn,” “Yellow Sunglasses” is “set in a monotonous Andean city, Quito,” per a dossier, and is a dramatic comedy framing a tragicomic scrutiny of the end of youth; here’s Maria’s, 34, who senses new beginnings in a bizarre love triangle with Enzo, a waiter with delusions of being a writer, and Alejo, an actor trying to break into a bigger time.
Screenplay is at third draft; movie is beginning key casting.
“’Yellow Sunglasses’ questions and reflects upon conditions that are so human such as loneliness, sentimental relationships, the fear of failure, and the nostalgia for the lost youth with a touch of comedy,” said Carrasco.
“Stories like this haven’t been thoroughly explored by our emerging national cinema and in a certain way are not common within our regional cinema: The Andean Cinema. We believe these characteristics turns our project into an interesting offer for the international film market,” she added.
Sold internationally and distributed in the U.S. by Paul Hudson’s Outsider Pictures, “No Autumn” closed France (Hevadis Distribution) and Scandinavia. In the U.S., it has or will play on services such as Starz, Somos and DirecTV’s Yaveo , Hudson said.
“Yellow Sunglasses” moves towards production as national cinemas are beginning to pull in local audiences in parts of the Andean region: Domestic market share for Venezuelan movies stood at 14.9% last year and 9.7% in Peru.
One asset of the New Andean Cinema is precisely that it is new Andean cinema, Carrasco argued.
“We want to share stories which attract us, question what we do, raise questions more than answers. I’m sure many people in other places can identify with such stories, no matter where they live,” Carrasco said.
Bur, she added: “I make films in Ecuador. I’m not interested in nationalism nor “cultural purity,” but I do think part of the originality of ‘Yellow Sunglasses’ is precisely where the characters live. As I said, there’s no string film production tradition in Ecuador but, seen from another angle, that can be an advantage for us because we can play with tis ‘novelty’ in the eyes of other people. For me, the most interesting cinema being made currently is coming from the periphery.”