×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Berlinale: Sales Agent Latido, Portuguese Broadcaster RTP Board Series ‘South’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Director Ivo M. Ferreira's Lisbon-set noir crime drama, produced by Edgar Medina at Arquipélago

International sales house Latido Films and Portuguese pubcaster RTP are boarding high-end TV series project “South,” a Lisbon-set noir crime drama by Portugal’s Ivo M. Ferreira (“Letters From War”).

Selected for pitching on Feb. 21 at the CoPro Series, part of the 2018 Berlinale Co-Production Market, “South” is set up at Portugal’s Arquipélago Filmes, founded by series’ producer Edgar Medina.

One of the biggest names in current Portuguese Cinema, director Ivo M. Ferreira returns to Berlin with “South” after his third feature film, “Letters From War,” competed in 2016 at the festival, becoming Portugal’s entry in the race for the 2017 Academy Awards.

Scheduled to roll in Portuguese-language in Lisbon, from April to June, the one season TV skein would be concluded by September-October and available in two formats: as a 10 45-minute episodes and a five 90-minute segs.

The TV drama is set over a long hot summer in Lisbon, during the present-day economic and social crisis, where a series of shocking murders take place, which are investigated by Inspector Humberto, a seasoned homicide detective.

The investigation leads to an hallucinatory trip through the city’s evangelist churches of the city, influential law firms, high political echelons, bankruptcy and money-laundering schemes.

Edgar Medina co-writes the TV drama alongside scribe Guilherme Mendonça.

“We have placed a crime noir fiction in the most exciting and undiscovered of settings – old Lisbon. We unveil its darkest sides: a genuine experience combining an international narrative with a local flavor and characters, a true Mediterranean crime noir,” Medina said.

“We relocate values associated with cinema to a TV sphere, as is the case of Ivo M. Ferreira, one of the most exciting on-the-rise directors in Europe,” he added.

Madrid-based Latido Films is handling international sales rights, marking company’s early foray into TV drama sales.

Public broadcaster RTP has also boarded the project, which counts on support from the Portuguese Film Institute.

“South” “represents an incredible combination of talent, in what can be seen as a ‘next generation’ TV series: a mixture of great storytelling with cinema-quality visuals, a team of expert producers and a great director leading the project,” said Latido CEO Antonio Saura.

“Although the original version is in Portuguese, we feel that the new TV allows for subtitles or directly dubbing to make it even more international,” he added,

“If we love to see TV in Danish, which is a language spoken by six million people, why can’t a TV series in Portuguese which is spoken in Portugal (10 million inhabitants) and Brazil (200 million)?”

“The concept deals with issues we all relate to: a mystery, crooked politicians, the upper classes’ hidden, pressures to close down a case, and a disenchanted man with ethics that prevail against anything,” Saura concluded.

More Film

  • Author Tony Mendez arrives at the

    Tony Mendez, Former CIA Officer Depicted in 'Argo,' Dies at 78

    Tony Mendez, the former CIA technical operations officer who orchestrated the 1980 rescue of six American diplomats from Iran and who was portrayed by Ben Affleck in the Academy Award winning film “Argo,” has died. He was 78. Mendez’s book agent, Christy Fletcher, announced the news on Twitter Saturday morning. “Early this morning, Antonio (Tony) [...]

  • Glass Movie

    'Glass' to Rank in Top 3 MLK Debuts With $48 Million

    M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” is on its way to a solid debut with an estimated $48 million for the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. A sequel to 2000’s “Unbreakable” and 2017’s “Split,” the Universal superhero thriller should bring in around $41 million from 3,841 domestic locations over the Friday through Sunday period. The estimates are [...]

  • China's 'Three Adventures of Brooke' to

    China's 'Three Adventures of Brooke' to Hit French Theaters (EXCLUSIVE)

    Midnight Blur Films has signed a deal with French distributor Les Acacias to release Chinese arthouse drama “Three Adventures of Brooke” in France this year, the Chinese production company told Variety on Saturday. A release date has yet to be set for the film, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and stars Chinese newcomer Xu Fangyi [...]

  • Noe Debre On His Directorial Debut,

    Top French Screenwriter Noe Debre Makes Directorial Debut, ‘The Seventh Continent’

    This last half-decade, few French screenwriters have run up such an illustrious list of co-write credits as Noé Debré. Thomas Bedigain’s writing partner on Jacques Audiard’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Deephan,” Debra co-penned Bedigain’s own debut, “The Cowboys,” “Racer and the Jailbird,” by Michael Roskam, and “Le Brio,” directed by Yvan Attal. He has now [...]

  • Julien Trauman Talks Survival-Thriller Short ‘At

    Julien Trauman on Survival-Thriller Short ‘At Dawn’

    France’s Julien Trauman has never been afraid to play with genre, and in his latest short, the MyFrenchFilmFestival participant “At Dawn,” he employs aspects of psychological thriller, survival, coming-of-age and fantasy filmmaking. “At Dawn” kicks off the night before when a group of teens, one about to leave town, are imbibing heavily around a beach-side [...]

  • ‘Flowers’ Director Baptiste Petit-Gats Interview

    Baptiste Petit-Gats: ‘Editing Taught Me How to Write for Film’

    France’s Baptiste Petit-Gats is an hyphenate that keeps himself plenty busy editing, photographing, writing and directing. The bulk of his editing gigs up until now have been in documentary film work, evident in the way he shot and edited his own short film, participating in the MyFrenchFilmFestival, “Flowers.” In the film, Petit-Gats tells the heartbreaking [...]

  • Fanny Litard, Jérémy Trouilh on ‘Blue

    France’s Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh Discuss MyFFF Suburban Fable ‘Blue Dog’

    French filmmakers Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh met at university while studying political science before diverging towards separate careers. Trouilh trained in documentary filmmaking; Liatard worked on urban artistic projects in Lebanon and France. They eventually joined back up to film three shorts: “Gagarine,” a Sundance Channel Shorts Competition Jury Prize winner in 2016; “The [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content