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Latin America Film Industry Surges

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Production, sales build, though challenges remain

Reblogged from Variety: From Monday thru Wednesday, a posse of Latin American producers, state agency toppers – powerful kingmakers in Latin America, as in Europe – distributors and directors will gather in San Sebastian, with the second Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, a 16-project pitching meet, and 24th Films in Progress, a six-pix-in-post showcase, unspooling in parallel.

Meanwhile, a near dozen or so Latin American films play main fest sections: Fernando Eimbcke’s competition contender “Club Sandwich,” repped by Funny Balloons, Fernando Coimbra’s “A Wolf at the Door” and Marc Silver’s “Who Is Dayana Cristal?,” both sold by Mundial; Mexico’s Oscar submission, “Heli,” from Amat Escalante; “Anina,” a Colombian-Uruguayan toon hit;  Chilean Rojas Valencia’s “Root,” Caru Alves Souza’s “Underage” and Victoria Galardi’s “I Thought It Was a Party.” Save for “Heli,” all are European or world premieres.

The success of what in all effects is San Sebastian’s Industry Days depends not only on the quality of the movies unveiled – though that’s a big consideration – but what the companies behind them can bring to the table.

That, these days, in a big step-up on early last decade.

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