You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Sudaca Films’ Mariana Rondon and Marite Ugas Prep ‘Contactado’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Movie set to shoot in Peru and Venezuela

LIMA – Filmmaking partners Mariana Rondon and Marite Ugas, whose “Pelo Malo” won Sebastian’s Golden Seashell and was one of sales agent FiGa Films bestselling titles ever, are prepping their next feature, “Contactado,” in Peru.

The duo have moved to Lima, partly because of the economic-political crisis in Venezuela, but also for the drama they plan to shoot in deserts outside of Lima.

Ugas, who is Peruvian, will take the directing reins this time round; Rondon, a Venezuelan, will produce. In their last pic,”Pelo Malo,” Rondon directed while Ugas produced. Plans include shooting by Venezuela’s Lake Maracaibo, renowned for the constant lightning storms over the mouth of the Catatumbo river, which empties into the lake. The area attracts a number of sects who are lured by the otherworldly phenomenon, Rondon said.

The partners’ shingle Sudaca Films and DP Micaela Cajahuaringa’s Imagen Latina of Peru will co-produce the drama which centers on false prophets and religious cults in Latin America.

Rondon and Ugas co-penned the screenplay about a false prophet who comes across a younger version of himself, and the power struggle that ensues. They credit being able to effectively polish their script to their nearly two-month stay last spring at the oldest artists’ colony in the U.S., the MacDowell Colony, where they were invited to experience an internet-free environment that allowed for uninterrupted work and interactions with exceptional artists from all fields.

“Contactado” (officially translated to “Contactee”) was among six out of 67 fiction feature applicants to recently win coin from Peru’s film fund, managed by the Ministry of Culture’s audiovisual division. Armed with $150,000 from this annual fund, as well as backing from Ibermedia, a regional co-production fund, they have covered about half their budget of some $600,000. “Getting the next half will be a challenge,” said Ugas, who hopes to reel in other co-producers.

More Film

  • Lisa Borders Time's Up

    Time's Up President Lisa Borders Resigns

    Lisa Borders has resigned as president of Time’s Up, she and the organization announced on Monday. Borders is resigning due to family issues, she said in a statement. Time’s Up COO Rebecca Goldman will now serve as interim CEO. “As Time’s Up continues to grow, I am proud of the work I have done to [...]

  • Keira Knightly as "Rachael Morgan" in

    Film Review: Keira Knightley in 'The Aftermath'

    Less widely seen (and acclaimed) than it deserved to be, James Kent’s debut feature “Testament of Youth” was one of the great recent love-in-wartime dramas, translating the intimate romance and sprawling human tragedy of Vera Brittain’s WWI memoir with a grace and heft worthy of its David Lean allusions. Four years on, it’s not hard [...]

  • Inside Amazon's New Feature Film Strategy

    Amazon's New Film Strategy: Straight-to-Service Titles and Starry Sundance Buys

    It was close to midnight when Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke got the text. The company had failed in its quest to acquire “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” a body image dramedy that captivated Salke when she saw it at Sundance. A sales agent on the project messaged her to say that a competitor offered a [...]

  • Alfonso Cuaron71st Annual Writers Guild Awards,

    Alfonso Cuarón on Academy's 'Inevitable' Reversal on Televised Oscar Categories

    Alfonso Cuarón isn’t exactly surprised that the Academy reversed its decision and will now air all the Oscar categories during the live show on Sunday. Feb. 24. Calling the decision “inevitable,”Cuarón tells Variety that he thinks the Academy should take things even further. “Let’s stop calling them technical categories!” he told Variety on Sunday night [...]

  • TorinoFilmLab Announces Selections for 2019 ScriptLab

    TorinoFilmLab Announces Selections for 2019 ScriptLab (EXCLUSIVE)

    The TorinoFilmLab has announced the 20 feature projects and five story editor trainees who have been selected to take part in the 2019 edition of ScriptLab, an initiative focused on the development of fiction feature film scripts in early development stage. Beginning in March, this year’s participants will team up with filmmakers from around the [...]

  • Alita Battle Angel

    North American Box Office Declines From Last Year With Weak Presidents Day Weekend

    “Alita: Battle Angel” easily won a tepid Presidents Day weekend with a $34.2 million at 3,790 North American locations, estimates showed Monday. Overall domestic moviegoing for 2019 has plunged 22.1% to $1.24 billion as of Monday, according to Comscore. That’s $350 million below the same date a year ago and the lowest figure at this [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content