5 items from 2017
After decades of Latin American realism in cinema and soap opera in TV, restrained by customs and context, a lot is beginning to stir and transgress entertainment conventions.
Argentina – with Mexico, one of the few Latin American countries to forge its own genre tradition, is once again the stage for a fresh take on TV fiction entertainment that suggests that, when it comes to higher-end drama, Latin America can have a lot to offer.
One case to point: New HBO Latin America Original “The Bronze Garden,” which will bow out after eight episodes on Friday, Aug. 18 in the U.S.,. Partnering HBO Latin America and Adrian Suar’s Pol-ka Producciones in production terms, it was hailed by HBO after seven episodes as its most-watched Latin American series of the year.
- Emiliano Granada
Three movies by key Latin American production houses – Martin Desalvo’s “Unidad Xv: La Fuga,” José Manuel “Che” Sandoval’s “Dry Martina” and Neto Villalobos’ “Cascos Indomables” – will be unveiled in rough-cut at this year’s Sanfic-Santiago Intl. Film Festival which kicks off Aug. 20 in Santiago de Chile with Santiago Mitre’s “The Summit,” starring Ricardo Darin.
They will be joined by another five titles at Sanfic’s 2017 Latin American Work in Progress. Now in its sixth year, the section has grown in status as a first-look showcase for titles which go on to screen at other pix-in-post sections and eventually big festival berths in the upcoming year. Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’ “To Kill a Man,” which won 2013’s Sanfic Latin American Work in Progress and went on to become a 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, is one case in point. The competition allots $3,000 cash prizes to winners. One title chosen from the competition will be screened at »
- John Hopewell
Production on the next X-Men movie, The New Mutants, is scheduled to begin in Boston next month, which means that the cast is still being finalized. We know that Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga and Blu Hunt will star in the movie, which follows a group of young mutants as they learn how to control their superpowers while seeking to escape a secret facility. Last month we heard that Rosario Dawson was in talks to play Dr. Cecilia Reyes, a mentor for the teenage mutants. Now comes word that Dawson will not be joining the project. Instead, another quality actress is stepping in for her and will portray the good doctor. Alice Braga, star on both the big screen (I Am Legend; Predators; Ardor, above) and the small screen (TV's Queen of the...
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- Peter Martin
Guadalajara, Mexico — Chilean Patricio Guzman’s “Cordillera,” Dolores Fonzi-starrer “The White Devil” and “Nudo Mixteco,” a women’s drama produced by Lucia Carreras, are among projects to be pitched at an expanded 13th Guadalajara Co-Production Meeting, which runs March 12-14 at the Mexican Festival.
Produced by Chile’s Alexandra Galvis and Renate Sachse in Paris and directed by Guzman, the doyen of Latin American documentary filmmakers, “Cordillera” marks the final part of a documentary trilogy begun by 2010’s “Nostalgia For the Light” and continued with “The Pearl Button,” a best screenplay winner at the 2015 Berlin Festival.
In it, Guzman sets out to explore the Andes, a “wall which separates us [Chileans] from the world” and a mountain range which “contains the history of all mankind,” Guzman has said.
A fiction feature, “Nudo Mixteco” turns on immigration and, above all three indigenous women’s doubts and fears as they battle for »
- John Hopewell
Nobody could accuse Argentina’s Adrian Suar of not leading from the front. The most-prolific high-level multi-tasker in Latin America’s film-tv business, Suar is set to star in the upcoming movie “Futbol o yo,” produced by the Disney-backed Patagonik Film Group, as he advances on a full roster of TV series at Pol-ka Producciones, the TV production house he co-owns with Argentine broadcaster Artear.
A romantic comedy, “Futbol o yo” has gone into production as Suar, who also serves as program director for Artear-El Trece, the flagship free’to’air channel of media conglom Clarin Group, is helping to steer the top Argentine TV network fully into a digital age.
The most visible sign: a new contents production center, inaugurated in downtown Buenos Aires in January, which allows Artear program honchos access to contents to feed a multi-distribution network which takes in three newscasts, eight channels and four apps as Artear repositions, »
- Emiliano De Pablos and John Hopewell
5 items from 2017
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