Mar del Plata: Energia Entusiasta Takes ‘Kryptonite’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Pioneering superhero pic for Argentine cinema

MAR DEL PLATA– Buenos Aires-based distributo-sales agent Energia Entusiasta, headed by Alejandro de Grazia, has taken all rights to local superhero tale “Kryptonite,” the fifth feature from Argentina’s Nicanor Loreti.

“Kryptonite” is produced by Crudo Films and will open in Argentina Dec. 3.

An Argentina Competition entry at the 30th Mar del Plata Fest, the three screenings of the awaited “Kryptonite,” world which world premiered at the Festival were sold out.

Based on the same titled novel by Leonardo Oyola, which won at Spain’s Semana Negra de Gijon, “Kryptonite” tells the story of Gonzalez, a doctor working in a hospital in the Buenos Aires suburbs doing his best to balance a healthcare system that hardly protect people living in the margins. A violent gang turns up at the center demanding treatment for its its leader.

“Kryptonite’s” cast includes Juan Palomino, Diego Velazquez, Pablo Rago, Diego Capusotto and Nicolas Vazquez.

Loreti transfers superhero tropes to local universe and adds dark humor, cresting “a noirish superhero tales laced with humor in a John Carpenter-like universe with echoes of Almodovar,” said Loreti.

“It’s a genre blender, as the novel which is very kinetic,” he added.

De Gracia is introducing “Kryptonite” to buyers at the American Film Market. His slate also includes Daniela Goggi’s YA unrequited love drama “Abzurdah” and Gonzalo Calzada’s gothic “Resurreccion.”

Mainly targeting teens, “Kryptonite” shows a remarkable originality and transpose the universe of superheros to a local context, per De Grazia.

Loreti debuted with “rocumentary” –as he likes to name it– “La Hache.” He took best film kudo in Mar del Plata’s Argentina Competition with boxing thriller “Diablo” in 2011.

Alongside young or young-ish Argentinean helmers such as Tamae Garateguy (“Pompeya”), Pablo Pares (Daemonium, Underground Soldier”), Alejo Rebora (“Trash”), Daniel de la Vega (“Necrofobia”), Gabriel Grieco (“Still Life”), Ramiro and Adrian Garcia Bogliano, Andres Borghi (“Nacido para morir”) and Fabian Forte (“The Corporation”), Loreti said he felt he is part of a generation who helped take genre cinema into more mainstream commercial circuits.

Low-budget production systems and digital distribution have helped to rescue and popularize Latin American genre, LOreti said, “but not in a massive way yet, perhaps with the exception of Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s “Cold Sweat,” which was released by Disney.”

Loreti’s packed slate of next projects include “Versus,” to be co-directed with Tamae Garateguy, the sci-fi “Zona de Promesas,” and “27,” co-written with Alex Cox (“Repo Man”).

Spanish helmer Nacho Vigalondo (“Open Windows,” “Time Crimes”) will have a role in ensemble drama-actioner “Versus,” a story set against the background of women’s mixed martial arts fights in Argentina, another pioneering proposal in Argentina. Loreti praised his future co-director Garateguy: “She is unbelievably visceral and imaginative.”

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