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Argentina’s Natural Sciences (Ciencias Naturales), directed by Matías Lucchesi, on Friday (December 6) won Ventana Sur’s main Primer Corte Award, the competitive section of films still in post-production.
The story of the journey of a girl in search of her father was honoured by the European sponsors of the fifth edition of the Latin American film market held in Buenos Aires. Cine + Club, Titratvs and Eye On Films supported the most senior prizes in Primer Corte this year through post production services and support for distribution in Europe.
Natural Sciences received an award for distribution, which represents €15,000 for the French company that acquires the title. The film will also benefit from post-production services at Titratvs of France (including €4,000 in digital copies and a bonus of €2,000 for colour grading if the film does its post at Titratvs.) There is also a €2,000 prize offered by Eye On Film to the French distributor of the film.
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Claudia Calvino Producer, Cuba
Despite limited resources in Cuba, Calvino has built up an impressive slate, including local hit “Juan of the Dead” and “Melaza” by her husband, Carlos Lechuga. As a partner in 5th Avenida, Calvino is co-producing Brugues’ bilingual heist pic “The Wrong Place” and Lechuga’s untitled vampire pic, among others.
Edher Campos Producer, Mexico (pictured above, center)
Campos came of age professionally at 2009’s Ventana Sur, selling Michael Rowe’s “Leap Year,” which he produced, to Pyramide Intl. It went on to win Cannes’ Camera d’Or. This year, Campos co-produced Diego Quemada-Diaz’s “La jaula de oro,” a Cannes Un Certain Talent winner. His pic “Sweet Baby Jesus” is in post and “Room” is in pre-prod.
Fernando Coimbra Writer-Director, Brazil
Mundial’s first Brazil pickup was Coimbra’s debut, “ Wolf at the Door.” From Brazil’s go-to production house, Gullane Filmes, “Wolf” melds psychological insight, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente and John Hopewell
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.
Distributor: Sony/Screen Gems
Set in a world of scantily clad demon hunters, bisexual warlocks, and a host of vampires and werewolves apparently on loan from “The Twilight Saga,” “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” is a ludicrous, borderline-nonsensical supernatural concoction with a slightly redeeming sense of its own silliness. Even by the genre’s lax standards of plausibility, not a whole lot coheres in this first adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling urban-fantasy series, a muddled mash-up of Stephenie Meyer, J.K. Rowling and Joss Whedon with a little “Men in Black” thrown in for good measure. While its tattooed torsos, fantastical f/x and precociously kinky undertones suggest a focus group’s notion of what teenagers want from their entertainment, this Canadian-German »
- Variety Staff
Operation Condor was a United States–aided effort to crush communism in several South American countries during the 1970s and 1980s. It empowered rightwing military dictatorships that kidnapped, tortured, and killed citizens deemed political dissidents; somewhere between 15,000 and 30,000 such people died during Argentina's Dirty War alone. Young Argentine filmmaker Santiago Mitre's dynamically paced debut feature, The Student—an international festival hit in 2011 only now entering its U.S. theatrical premiere run—studies what can be learned from this period through the contemporary tale of Roque Espinosa (played by wide-eyed Esteban Lamothe), a pensive, aggressive young man attending the University of Buenos Aires. The son of a former leftwing activist faces i »
Sebastian Cordero’s “Such Is Life in the Tropics,” Luigi Forlani’s “Silver Mountain” and Maximiliano Schonfeld’s “The Black Frost” feature among 10 projects at the 5th Puentes Europe-Latin America Producers Workshop.
A one-year training-networking course for early-in-development projects organized by the European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (Eave), Puentes will for the first time stage a workshop at the Locarno Festival over Aug. 8-14, adding yet more industry heft to the Swiss event.
A second workshop unspools Nov. 29 – Dec. 4 in Montevideo, organized with Uruguay’s Mutante Cine.
In another departure, Puentes producers are invited by Ventana Sur to attend its Dec.3-6 Buenos Aires market. “Tropics” is sure to spark attention after an upbeat critical reaction to Cordero’s first full-English-language movie, found-footage sci-fi thriller “Europa Report.”
- John Hopewell
Claim To Fame
The 36-year-old became the face of Argentine indie cinema starring in Santiago Mitre’s debut, political thriller, “The Student” (2011). His performance made him one of the country’s most sought-after actors.
(From the pages of the April 9 issue of Variety.)
Empowered by U.S. and European finance, top Argentine helmers are moving into larger pictures. Lamothe is likely to follow. He is learning English, and will appear in two of the buzziest Argentine films this year: Natalia Smirnoff’s “El cerrajero” and Victoria Galardi’s “I Thought It Was a Party.”
Stix To Pix
Lamothe came to Buenos Aires from the provinces, waited tables, attended acting classes, appeared in a play, and found his calling.
Ever since seeing “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence, »
- John Hopewell
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