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Mipcom: Chile’s Wood Unveils New TV Drama ‘Colonia’

True-event-inspired drama on Nazis in hiding in Chile

BARCELONA– Andres Wood, one of Chile’s most distinguished helmer-producers (“Machuca,” Sundance-winner “Violeta Went to Heaven“), has unveiled at Mipcom his new TV project “Colonia,” now in development.

Awood Producciones will produce the skein, an 8-seg one-hour drama. Wood and Julio Jorquera, director of “My Last Round,” and the Chilean version of “Red Band Society,” will direct.

Budgeted at $2 million, the project was presented at Mipcom under the umbrella of promo org CinemaChile TV.

Inspired by true events, series follows two men, Tobias Muller and Salo Luna, who escape from the clutches of Paul Schafer, a former Nazi hidden in southern Chile. Pic criss-crosses two different time periods: the first beginning in 1976, when five-year-old Tobias suffered abuse from Schafer, and the second, showing the escape from Colonia Dignidad, now Villa Baviera, a Chilean city founded by German immigrants in the early 60’s, located 200 miles south of Santiago de Chile.

During the grim Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, Dignidad was a secret detention camp used for torture and imprisonment.

Screenplay is penned by prominent  Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderon, who co-wrote Pablo Larrain’s “The Club,” alongside Daniel Villalobos.

Wood helmed 2004 world sales hit “Machuca,” a coming-of-age tale set against the background of Salvador Allende legitimate government overthrown by Pinochet in 1973.

“Violeta Went to Heaven,” a warts and all bio of legendary folk singer Violeta Parra, was Wood’s latest cinema feature before developing a vibrant career in TV production. “Violeta” nabbed a World Cinema Jury Prize at Sundance 2012.

“I progressively focused on TV in a natural way with a number of projects –‘Los 80,’ ‘Ramona,’ ‘Red Band,’ and now ‘Colonia’. I’ve gained a lot of experience shooting and I feel that I’ve helped to spread contents that did not seem very suited for TV,” Wood told Variety.

This is possible because “many series produced in Chile that have won funding from Chile’s National TV Regulator show social issues, historic events, current debates on education, political corruption and the role of the church that aren’t very common topics on other countries’ TV schedules, added Wood, mentioning series such as “The Substitute Teacher,” “Juana Brava” and “The Karadima Forest,” among others.

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