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Rivas sets ‘La Princesita’
Monday, September 24th, 2012

Marialy Rivas, one of Latin America’s fastest-rising distaff director stars, is near to completing a first draft of La Princesita, her follow-up to Sundance hit Young & Wild.

Chile’s Fabula - the company behind Pablo Larraín’s Cannes-winner No, a Sony Pictures Classics U.S. pick-up - will produce.

Wild turned on a teen girl’s awakening sexual duality, despite her evangelical upbringing.

Written by Rivas and Camila Gutiérrez, whose real-life blog helped inspire Wild, Princesita retains the evangelical family background, but focuses on a 10-year-old girl, her school and home life.

Screenplay was put through a Utah Sundance Lab. A first draft will be completed in about three weeks, Fabula producer Juan de Dios Larraín said at San Sebastian.

Crucially, Princesita is “like a kind of thriller,” Larraín said, deriving tension from “the idea of what life is like beyond the family and what the family says reality is like.”

The project’s “very pop, and very fresh,” he added.

Sold by Elle Driver, Young & Wild screened Saturday in San Sebastian’s Horizontes Latinos section, one of the fest’s most important sidebars.

It was first seen last year in rough-cut at the Spanish fest’s Films in Progress pix in post section, where Fabula will have two films this year.

One is “Gloria,” a portrait of a 55-year-old woman that marks a departure for director Sebastián Lelio (“The Year of the Tiger”).

“It’s accessible, humor-laced, and has music, said Larraín. “There’s a point where a woman can still feel sexy and good, but at the same time she’s getting older.”

At Films in Progress, Larraín will also pitch The Quispe Girls, the Andean highland-set debut of Wild co-scribe, Sebastián Sepúlveda.

No, starring Gael García Bernal, marked Participant Media’s first foreignlanguage pic investment.

M.D.

 

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