BUENOS AIRES – “Un minuto de silencio,” from Italian director Ferdinando Vicentini Orgnani has been acquired for U.S. distribution by Outsider Pictures’ Latin label Todo Cine Latino.
An inevitably polemical docu-feature, it adds to one of the richest Latino lineups among U.S. distributors. Recent Outsider/Todocinelatino U.S. pickups include Cesar Acevedo’s Camera d’Or winner “Land and Shade” and Los Cabos winner “All of Me,” a Mexican docu-feature. It recently picked up Israeli Nitzan Gilady’s “Wedding Doll” with Strand Releasing, the first buy in a potentially significant U.S. upscale acquisition alliance.
“Silencio” highlights the last 25 years of politics in Bolivia, concentrating in particular on the 2002 political campaigns to elect Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada aka “Goni”, which most recently came to prominence (albeit fictionally) in the Sandra Bullock film “Our Brand is Crisis,” and the more recent government of Evo Morales. Interestingly, Sanchez de Lozada and close collaborators look back on their their own achievements and mistakes in the docu-feature.
Paul Hudson of Outsider and director Ferdinando Vicentini Orgnani closed the deal.
“’A Moment of Silence’ tells of the struggles, the triumphs and the mistakes made to create the modern Bolivia,” said Hudson.
“I started this production in 2008 following the wrong guideline of an ideological enthusiasm for what seemed to be a radical change in the process of progress and social inclusion in Bolivia,” said Orgnani.
“After six years of investigation, the result come out very far from what I expected: a lost opportunity, a very dangerous scenario.”
Outsider is planning a limited theatrical release for the U.S. in the Spring. Hudson also added: “What makes this release unique is that the twice former Bolivian President Sanchez de Lozada, “Goni,” (who has lived since 2003 in exile in the U.S.) has accepted our invitation to attend the screenings in New York, Washington and around the country, with the challenge of his contribution to a very controversial political debate.”