MADRID — Having positioned Hari Sama’s “That is Not Berlin” at 2019’s Sundance Competition, Mexico’s Catatonia Cine has scored at France’s Toulouse Latin America Movie Competition, taking two of the largest prizes on this 12 months’s on-line Movies in Progress part.
An business fixture, Toulouse’s Movie in Progress grants post-production and distribution awards to as much as six pix-in-post from Latin America. A notable quantity segue from Toulouse to choice at Cannes.
The most recent manufacturing from Catatonia Cine, ruToulousen by Sama, Veronica Valadez and Laura Berrón, “50,” the characteristic movie debut of former commercials director Jorge Cuchi, turns, like “That is Not Berlin,” on the world of adolescence, right here two 16-year-olds, Félix and Elisa. They meet taking part in the Blue Whale Recreation, fall in love and determine to tackle collectively the sport’s remaining problem: Suicide.
Written and directed by Cuchi, “50” received probably the most most likely largest prize on provide on Friday: the Cine Plus Movies in Progress Particular Award, consisting of a pick-up for broadcast by France’s Canal Plus movie service, plus €15,000 ($16,200) in the direction of a French distributor’s prices for a theatrical launch in France.
“50” shared a second plaudit, the Movies in Progress Toulouse Award, with Argentine Juan Pablo Félix’s “Karnawal,” one other story of adolescence, produced by Félix’s Bikini Movies companion Edson Sidonie. Lifting the lid on the malambo dance tradition on the Argentine-Peru border, constructing to a unprecedented climax, and grounding a coming-of-age thriller in a robust sense of place, “Karnawal” proved a standout at Ventana Sur’s pix-in-post showcase Primer Corte final December the place it received the European Imaginative and prescient Award and Le Movie Francais Awards. After Ventana Sur, Beta Cinema beat off rivals to amass “Karnawal’s ” world gross sales rights in a aggressive bidding scenario.
The Movies in Progress’ third prize, the European Distributors and Exhibitors Award, was cut up between “Reminiscence Home,” from Brazil’s João Paulo Miranda Maria, and “El Otro Tom,” directed by Mexico’s Rodrigo Pla.
Produced by Brazil’s BossaNovaFilms (“Violeta Went to Heaven”) and France’s Mineki Movies (“Bang Gang (A Fashionable Love Story”)), the countryside-set fantasy id parable marks the debut of Miranda Maria whose shorts have been chosen for Cannes Critics’ Week, Cannes Official Competitors and the Venice Competition.
Written by Laura Santullo and Plá, driving forces of Mexico’s modernday movie renaissance, “El Otro Tom” facilities on a single mom who battles for custody of her little one after refusing to proceed giving him psychiatric medicine.
A standard springboard for the Cannes Competition, with producers additionally parlaying Toulouse FIP awards into gross sales brokers’ pick-ups, Toulouse cancelled its 2020 32nd version on March 13, hours after French prime minister Edouard Philippe restricted public gatherings to a most 100 folks. Toulouse’s business centerpiece, the six-title Movies in Progress, has gone forward, nonetheless, with titles screened and judged on-line.