Octavio is Dead, American Music and X Quinientos are among projects being brought to the San Sebastian Festival by an 11-strong delegation of Canadian producers.
Led by Telefilm Canada and the festival, the initiative coincides with a particularly strong year for Canada at the Festival, led by the competition berth for Maxime Giroud’s UDI-sold Felix & Meira, a U.S. pick-up for Oscillascope last week, and a push by Telefilm into supporting a larger presence of Canadian producers at key fests in the Spanish-speaking world.
“We are always trying to respond to the needs of the Canadian industry,” said Carolle Brabant, Telefilm exec director. “More and more Canadian producers are seeing the Spanish-speaking countries as a real new opportunity.”
Taking in Alejandro Amenabar’s Regression, the Filmax-produced The Returned, Claudia Vargas Llosa’s Aloft and Chilean Cristian Jimenez’s San Sebastian competition player Voice Over, the number of Canadian co-productions with Latin America and Spain is growing, Brabant added.
A Canada/Mexico fantasy fatherdaughter tale, Octavio is written-directed by actress-turned-helmer Sook Yin Lee, (Shortbus) and stars Alison Pill (Midnight in Paris) and Tenoch Huerta (Sin nombre). The Film Farm co-produces with atthias Ehrenberg’s Rio Negro.
Intertwining three tales of transformation, set up at Yanick Letourneau’s Peripheria Productions, X Quinientos, which will be pitched at San Sebastian’s Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, has already succeeded in tying down Latin American partners in Mexico’s Machete Producciones and Colombia’s Septima.
A blackly comic story set in a dystopian near future, American Music is written-helmed by Jacob Tierney whose Preggoland, world premiered at Toronto to an upbeat reception.
Other projects: Cobarde, from Boris Rodriguez, produced by Anne-Marie Gelinas at EMA Films, whose credits include Berlin Silver Bear-winner Rebelle, Jonathan Sobal’s Made In Italy, produced by vet Phyllis Laing at Buffalo Gal Pictures (Aloft), family-targeting Red Racer, from Bill Marx’s Vortex Pictures, Brad, le genie de la potiche, from pre-eminent toon pic producer Productions 10 Ave (The Legend of Sarila).
Also to be unveiled: Katherine Jerkovic’s feature debut Roads in February, set up at 1976, suspense horror Skinner, from Shelagh Carter (“Passionflower), from Eagel Vision, and, the Quiet Revolutions produced Grey Wolf: The Escape of Adolf Hitler.