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RT Features, Mundial, Pact For Dutra’s ‘Cielo’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Co-written by Lucia Puenzo (“XXY,” “The German Doctor”), drama one of Brazil’s most anticipated movies of 2016

Era el cielo - Leonardo Sbaraglia
Courtesy: Mundial Films

BUENOS AIRES – Brazil’s RT Features and Mundial, a joint venture of IM Global and Canana, the top Mexican production house, have pacted for Mundial to acquire world sales rights to “Era el Cielo,” written by Lucia Puenzo  (“The German Doctor”) and highly-anticipated next feature of Brazilian Marco Dutra.

Deal links Mundial with Rodrigo Teixeira’s Sao Paulo-based RT Features, one of Latin America’s most exciting – and unusual – film outfits. Producer of Noah Baumbach’s “Francis Ha,” Robert Eggers’ “The Witch” and James Gray’s upcoming “To the Stars,” RT Features has also driven hard into a new generation of Brazilian directors, melding arthouse concerns with genre and narrative drive. “Cielo” is Mundial’s first deal with RT Features.

First out of the gate, so one of their leading lights, is Dutra, whose Dezenove-produced debut “Hard Labor,” earned an Un Certain Regard slot, established him immediately as a talent to track. “Era el cielo” (literally, “It was heaven”) marks Dutra’s Spanish-language debut, and first collaboration with Lucia Puenzo, one of Latin America’s best-known and respected distaff directors (“XXY,” “The Fish Child”) who co-wrote with Brazilian editor-director Caetano Gotardo, who is set to co-direct “All the Dead Ones” with Dutra.

Now in post-production, and questioning masculine roles, sexuality and barriers of intimacy, “Era el Cielo” turns on Mario, who arriving home, witnesses his wife Diana being violated by two strangers. Overwhelmed, he freezes and fails to take action. Diana, unaware that he saw the crime, chooses to keep it secret. The silence that grows between the couple in the days that follow becomes its own kind of violence.

Leonardo Sbaraglia, on a career high after his turn in “Wild Tales” as a road-raged new Audi driver, plays Mario, Brazil’s Carolina Dieckmann, a well-known TV actress in her first international movie, limns Diana. Uruguay’s Mirella Pascual (“Whisky”), Argentina’s Chino Darin (“Death in Buenos Aires”) and Alvaro Armand Ugon (“Voragine”), also from Uruguay, co-star.

“I’m very excited to be working with Mundial and its team and I’m positive they’ll do a great job positioning ‘Era El Cielo’ in the market place. This is a very special film for us and it’s great to find partners such as Mundial that understands the Latin American landscape so well,” Ridrigo Teixeira said.

Cristina Garza, Mundial vice-president, added: “We’ve admired RT’s work for some time and have been waiting for the right moment to collaborate, so we’re very happy that it’s happening now with Marco’s film. Marco has such a strong, progressive voice. This film is sure to launch him as the next big talent from Brazil.”