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The winds of revolution are blowing through Latin American TV. Facing increasing competition from Netflix, and depleting telenovela audiences, the region’s giants, from Telemundo to Telefe, Globo and Televisa, are eager to capitalize on the huge demand for high-end Latino drama by pursuing other production initiatives. Arguably, Latin American TV has never been so exciting.
Some major examples: At Globo, chief creative officer Guel Arraes talks of a new age of drama. Globo is “trying to emulate international standards, themes, story lines, concentrations of ideas and number of episodes,” he says. Arraes cites a burgeoning production line in action, reality-based productions such as “Jailers,” selected for MipDrama Screenings, and “Under Pressure,” a hospital series; “City of Men,” will also have a follow-up.
Telemundo no longer makes telenovelas, just long series and miniseries, says Marcos Santana of Telemundo Intl. He hopes Telemundo Intl. Studios — a shingle announced at Mipcom that will produce high-end, short-format »
- John Hopewell
Televisa’s “Sincronia,” HBO Latin America’s “Psi,” Telefe’s “The Cockfighter” and Telemundo’s “Guerra de Idolos” feature at The Wit’s first MipDrama Latam Screenings, a 90-minute showcase of the new face of Latin American fiction.
That face is pretty much unrecognizable compared to the poor-girl-gets-rich telenovelas of old. The shows embrace new genres in a shakeup of form involving Latin America’s biggest broadcasters, Hollywood studios, pay-tv services, indies and emerging auteurs.
“The aim of these screenings is to show the new or next face or phase of the Latin productions coming onto the international market,” said Bertrand Villegas, co-founder of The Wit.
Crime thriller “Sincronia” is the eighth original series from Blim, Televisa’s 14-month-old Svod service, and runs just 12 episodes. Formally inventive, the 12 parts can be seen in any order, as they tell three stories from their four characters’ point of view, said director Gustavo Loza. One »
- John Hopewell
A month after the world premiere of what ended up being his final film, Andrzej Wajda passed away at 90 last year. To honor the Polish master, whose career spanned decades, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is holding an 11-film tribute next month. It begins with the New York premiere of “Afterimage,” his unintentional swan song.
Read More: Andrzej Wajda, Academy Award–Winning Icon of Polish Cinema, Dies at 90
“A Generation,” “Kanał” and “Ashes and Diamonds” — better known as Wajda’s war trilogy — will also be featured, as will his 1981 Palme d’Or winner “Man of Iron” and the film it serves as a loose sequel to, 1977’s “Man of Marble.” “The Conductor,” “Innocent Sorcerers,” “The Maids of Wilko,” “The Promised Land” and “Rough Treatment” (aka “Without Anesthesia”) round out the program, and all but “Afterimage” will screen on 35mm.
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- Michael Nordine
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