In San Sebastian for Once Upon a Time Veronica, which played Films in Progress Wednesday,Brazil’s Dezenove Som e Imagens announced details on a 2011-12 production slate which confirms it as one of Brazil’s fastest-rising production players, playing off Brazil’s newfound film financing muscle, ebullient home market and – in Dezenove’s case
– resolute international ambitions.
Paris-based Urban Distribution Intl., headed by Frederic Corvez, has acquired world sales rights on Moving Creatures.
From first-timer Caetano Gotardo, the $1.5 million poetic drama weaves three tales of grief and motherhood, exploring, Gotardo said, “the complexity of affections and emotions” prompted by loss. It wrapped shooting Sept. 4.
UDI’s pick-up on Creatures extends its three-year first-look sales/co-production alliance with Dezenove, originally inked in 2009.
Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra, directors of Cannes 2011 Un Certain Regard entry Hard Labor,are readying Good Manners.
Once more melding realism and horror tropes, it turns on a nurse left with a baby when its mother dies in childbirth. The baby is cute,despite its fur and claws.
Rojas and Dutra have delivered a second draft screenplay.Dezenove will seek international co-production after firming up Brazilian finance, co-founder Sara Silveira said. Manners is skedded to shoot second half 2012.
At Venice, Silveira announced Surge, the first solo directorial from Brazilian helmer Daniela Thomas, who co-directed with Walter Salles’Linha de passe and Foreign Land. An 1800’s slave drama, Surge is budgeted at Reais8 million ($4.7 million).
Meanwhile, Veronica, on which UDI also has international rights, the awaited second solo outing from Marcelo Gomes (Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures), played to a largely upbeat reception in Films in Progress.
Set in Recife, it turns on Veronica, a young doctor worried about her seeming inability to fall in love as she senses her youth slipping away.
Veronica is “a portrait of young people the world over, not just in Recife,” Gomes said at Films in Progress.
Produced by Dezenove and Spain’s Eddie Saeta,“Swirl” also screened in San Sebastian.
“I am delighted to produce lower-budget films,” Silveira said.