Sales company Kevin Williams Associates has taken worldwide rights outside Chile on Oscar Godoy’s immigration drama Ulysses, which sees its European premiere in San Sebastián’sHorizontes Latinos sidebar.
Turning on a Peruvian immigrant trying to carve out a life for himself in Chile, Ulysses delivers an original take on the immigration sub-genre.
In the case of Ulysses, immigration may well be as much for emotional as well as economic reasons.Ulyssestoplines Jorge Román as Julio. Understated and episodic, so contrasting with many immigration tales, Ulyssesaggregates Julio’s small triumphs -a series of jobs,moments of warmth and friendship, a work permit, a relationship with a girl who works in a music store, phone-calls back to his mother– in a portrait of immigration as, above all, an odyssey in solitude.
Ulysses world preemed at April’s San Francisco festival. It has just opened in Chile.
It is produced by two of Latin America’s foremost artpic production forces: Pablo and Juan de Dios Larraín’s Santiago de Chile-based Fábula, and, as a minority producer, HernánMusaluppi’s Buenos Aires based Rizoma Films.
Pic marks Venezuelan-born helmer Godoy’s first narrative feature, which he co-penned alongside Daniel Laguna.
Ulysses isalong-time San Sebastián bet with the fest first moving on the title at last December’s Ventana Sur market where it played in rough-cut in Primer Corte to an upbeat reception.
Fabula, which has just announced Pablo Larraín’s next film – “NO,” starring Gael García Bernal - will also unveil at San Sebastián’s Films in Progress Young and Wild, the awaited feature debut of Marialy Rivas.
Fabula is making three film types, Juan de Dios Larraín told Variety: “Very auteur arthouse, focused more on the work than audiences; wide-audience films for Latin America; arthouse or crossover titles comprehensible the world over.”
Madrid-based KWA also handles international rights to another San Sebastiánpic, comedy An Almost Perfect World,helmed by Esteban and Jose Miguel Ibarretxe, which screens at Zinemira, fest’s Basque film section. Aiming to increase its film business with Latin and North America,KWAis increasingly interested in picking up Latinmovies, said KWA founder Kevin Williams.
One of KWA’s most recent acquisitions for international sales has been the Dominican Republic-Puerto Rico co-production La hija natural, a father-daughter drama by first-time helmer-writer Leticia Tonos.
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