Latin America: Up Next! Sandino Saravia’s Double Win

Prepping more Rodrigo Pla and Gabriel Mascaro Pics

With his Malbicho Cine partner Rodrigo Pla’s “A Monster of a Thousand Heads” opening Venice’s Horizons sidebar and his Brazilian co-production “Neon Bull” by Gabriel Mascaro snagging a Venice Special Jury Prize this year, producer Saravia, 37, has reached a career high.

“I never aspired to write or direct, I always wanted to be a producer,” he said.

While a mass comm. student majoring in the audiovisual arts at Uruguay’s Catholic U, he started producing his classmates’ shorts. After graduating, he partnered with Elena Roux of Laroux Cine to co-produce Juan Pittaluga’s 2005 Cannes Critics Week entry, “Orlando Vargas” and 2007 Cannes Un Certain Regard selection, “The Pope’¡s Toilet,” by Cesar Charlone and Enrique Fernandez.

He then formed an Uruguayan-Mexico axis with Pla, with Malbicho Cine in Uruguay and Buenaventura Cine in Mexico, producing Pla’s third pic, “The Wait,” under their Buenaventura Cine banner.

While always on the lookout for new talent, his next projects are Pla’s “The Other Tom,” which will shoot in the U.S. or Europe, and “Guardia y Custodia” to shoot in Mexico.

He’s also set his eyes on Brazil and plans to produce Mascaro’s next pics. “I’d like to take advantage of the bi-lateral co-production pact between Mexico and Brazil.”

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