by Rob Sykes, contributing blogger
What do you get if you let the organizers of Cannes and Argentina’s INCAA throw a few rough cuts, multiple international distributors, and other industry insiders into a room with a giant window? Well if that ‘window’ happens to be Ventana Sur, you set the wheels in motion on a whole lot of deals to sell and distribute films around the world, and raise expectations for great things to come from Latin American cinema in the coming year!
There were some notable success stories for Argentinean production houses in particular at this, the second annual Ventana Sur exposition. For example Cine El Calefon from Córdoba saw its realist, aspirational drama “Yatasto” secure world-wide distribution rights with Figa Films. Director Hermes Paralluelo’s documentary style piece having already penned distribution deals in Spain, and its native Argentina.
Placing Argentinean firms on the other side of the coin, Buenos Aires based sales agents Americine are reportedly in the midst of negotiations to represent several Latin American productions. These include Mexican emigration story “Acorazado”, which gained a great deal of support at the Morelia Festival earlier this year, and another Argentinean production in the shape of the Córdoba (once again!) set comedy “El Dedo” from director Segio Teubal. With rumours abound that they were also negotiating world-wide sales for Hernan Belon’s “Sofia”, and Nemesio Juarez’s political drama “Revolution is an Eternal Dream”, it was an altogether busy week for Americine. Meanwhile Distribution Co. also of Argentina, secured distribution rights for the U.S produced, Sundance Winner, “Winter’s Bone”.
Venezuela’s Oscar hopeful “Brother” was seen flirting with, and attracting many an interested browser during its days in the window. This hotly tipped social issue soccer drama is perhaps a distant cousin of San Telmo productions’’ own recent soccer based documentary! Ventana Sur saw “Brother” sold to Cineplex for Colombia and Central America, with other Latin American distribution deals expected to follow.
For four days then, the window was full and the browsers and perspective buyers were plenty. Foreign distribution deals were agreed, and sales agents picked up the exciting new productions they came for. All we as cinema fans have to do, is sit back and wait for more powerful, Latin American cinema to jump out through the window, and onto our screens in 2011!