‘Mist,’ ‘Bad Influence’ Sweep Guadalajara’s 2016 Works in Progress

Max Zunino’s Berlin-set coming-of-age drama and Mapuche Claudia Huaiquimilla’s buddy movie snag seven out of showcases’ prizes

Guadalajara Film Festival 2016
Photo: FICG/Natalia Fregoso

GUADALAJARA – Bookending the 10th two-day pix-in-post event, Mexican Max Zunino’s “Bruma” (“Mist”) and Chilean Claudia Huaiquimilla’s “Mala Junta” (“Bad Influence”) made good on predictions sweeping nearly all the multiple prizes at the Guadalajara Fest’s 10th Works in Progress.

Co-written and starring Sofia Espinosa, just cast to star opposite Diego Luna and Demian Bichir in Canana’s “The Black Minutes,” “Mist,” a Berlin-set bildungsroman, follows a young woman (Espinosa) from Mexico’s stifling upper middle-classes who, pregnant, escapes to Berlin and finds a kind of father figure and freedom in a Berlin club drag queen chanteuse and a final sense of her individual identity.

Co-starring Dieter Scholl and Cesar Ramos, “Mist” swept five prizes, including Estudios Churubusco post-production services to the tune of Pesos500,000 ($28,100) and sales agent Habanero Films’ $10,000 minimum guarantee against international sales. As on Zunino’s debut, “Open Cage,” which also won at Guadalajara, the Churubusco prize-in-kind will be essential to finishing “Mist,” Zunino said. Shot on the hoof, with over-the-shoulder camerawork and improvisation, a free-style at one with the film’s theme, “Mist” also won a FIX Comunicacion trailer award, worth $13,000 and a Secuencia Estrategica award, which sees the company aiding in the film’s social media branding.

Depicting the lives and unlikely friendship of two teens, one a rebellious youth and the other a Mapuche, who is bullied and ostracized for being different, “Bad Influence” snagged a trio of in-kind plaudits. Chemistry will put up $40,000 for color correction and DCP creation, HD Argentina post-production, including a 2K mastering, OA Sonido 120 hours of sound edition.

Post-production is now covered and will now be completed by June/July, said “Bad Influence” producer-screenwriter Pablo Greene. Director and producers are aiming for a festival world premiere second half 2016, early 2017, added Rebeca Gutierrez Campos, movie’s other producer. Producers are in conversations with sales agents, she said.

Interestingly, Tom Davia’s consultancy Cinemaven Media prized Tomás de Leone’s “El Aprendiz” (The Apprentice”) an Argentine rights-of-passage movie, with $10,000 worth of counseling on sales agent securance and festival strategy. Produced by Mexico’s Cine Pantera, Mexican Miguel Calderon’s drama “Zeus” won Pesos 35,000 ($2,000) to adapt the film for discapacitated viewers.