MIA: Tucuman Snaps Up Brazil on Felipe Bragança’s ‘Alligator Girl’

Karim Ainouz co-scribe makes solo directorial debut

Rio-based distributor Tucuman Filmes has taken Brazilian rights to the first film to be directed solo by writer and producer Felipe Bragança, who scripted last year’s Argentinian-German Berlinale competition entry “Praia do Futuro” Futuro Beach, his second collaboration with director Karim Aïnouz after “Love For Sale.”

Snappily titled “Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!” (Curva de Rio Sujo), Bragança’s movie is an adventure-drama based around the conflicts between an indigenous community and farmers in the heart of South America.

Cauã Reymond, 35, recently enjoying the limelight for his role in Rede Globo’s hit primetime telenovela “A Regra Do Jogo” (“The Rules of the Game”) stars as a Brazilian boy who falls in love with a Paraguayan girl who lives on the other side of the Apa River. The film also features a special guest appearance by singing legend Ney Matogrosso, formerly of flamboyant ’70s glam-rock band Secos & Molhados and ranked as the third greatest Brazilian singer of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

Filmed in the city of Bela Vista, on the border between Brazil and Paraguay, the film is a Brazil-Netherlands co-production, produced domestically by Duas Mariola Filmes with the participation of the all-powerful Globo Filmes, which will contribute to its promotion. Co-produced by Dutch shingle Revolver Amsterdam, it is supported internationally by Hubert Bals Plus and Vision Sudest (Switzerland).

Bragançá also wrote high-art film “Swirl,” a flagship of the Belo Horizonte regional film scene helmed Helvécio Martins and Clarissa Campolina and lead-produced by Dezenove, and “Heleno” from Jose Henrique Fonseca (“The Man of the Year”). He co-directed “The Joy” (“A Alegria”) and “The Escape of the Monkey Woman” (“A Fuga da Mulher Gorila”) with Marina Meliande, which were selected for Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and Locarno competition.

Run by Priscila Miranda and launched in 2010 in Brazil, Tucuman, an adventurous example of a building number of arthouse distribs in Brazil,  handles European titles and Latin American titles from the festival circuit and beyond.

This year, Miranda opened an operation of the same name in Paris to distribute Brazilian and other Latin American titles in France – the world biggest art film market –with the intention of releasing around six per year.

Tucuman bowed with Geraldine Chaplin-starrer “Sand Dollars.” Move allows Tucuman to open films that incomprehensibly haven’t scored a French deal: Annecy 2013 winner “Rio 2096,” for instance, or Eryk Rocha’s “Sunday Ball.” “France is very open to Latin American films. They can sell three times as many tickets in France than Brazil, and that even applies to Brazilian releases,  Tucuman’s Miranda told Variety at the time.

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