Magazine article Variety

Ventana Lure

Magazine article Variety

Ventana Lure

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Some standouts unspooling at mart

7 BOXES

JUAN CARLOS MANEGLIA, TANA SCHEMBORI, PARAGUAY

An exotic context - the sub-world of Guaranispeaking gangs working Asuncion's central market; an ingenious chase thriller plot. France, U.K. sold; more deals to close. Shoreline Ent.

7 DAYS IN HAVANA

BENICIO DEL TORO, LAURENT CANTET, JULIO MEDEM, GASPAR NOE, ELIA SULEIMAN, JUAN CARLOS TABIO, PABLO TRAPERO, SPAIN-FRANCE-CUBA

Auteurs deliver short takes on contempo Cuba. Sold to all major territories save the U.S. Wild Bunch

AQU I Y ALLA

ANTONIO MÉNDEZ, SPAIN-U.S.-MEXICO

Immigrant returns to Mexico but not to a prodigal son welcome. Sundance Lab honed, docu-style pic was Cannes Critics' Week winner. Alpha Violet

AFTER LUCIA

MICHEL FRANCO, MEXICO-FRANCE

Winner of Cannes' Un Certain Regard and Mexico's choice for Oscar and Goya consideration, turns on theme of classroom bullying. BAC Films Intl.

CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD

BENJAMIN AVILA, ARGENTINA-SPAINBRAZIL

A family tale during Argentina's dictatorship wowed San Sebastian and sold 30-plus territories. Argentina's foreign-lingo Oscar entry. Pyramide Intl.

THE DEAD MAN AND BEING HAPPY

JAVIER REBOLLO, SPAIN-ARGENTINAFRANCE

In his most aud-friendly item to date, Rebollo charts the quietly surreal final road journey of a dying hitman (a superbly gruff Jose Sacristan) through the Argentinean wilds. UDI.

DOG FLESH

FERNANDO GUZZONI, CHILE-FRANCEGERMANY

Crix-pleasing New Directors winner at San Sebastian in Spain where Wanda picked it up. Also snagged the Valdivia Moviecine award including cable TV distribution in Latin America. FiGa Films.

THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF JUAN OROL

SEBASTIAN DEL AMO, MEXICO

Visually and tonally a playful look at the long and prolific career of Mexico's worst director. Won for first Mexican work at Guadalajara. FilmSharks Intl.

FOOSBALL

JUAN JOSE CAMPANELLA, ARGENTINASPAIN

Oscar-winner directs his first animated film about a toy foosball team that comes alive to help a boy save his town and win his sweetheart. Latin America's big toon bet. Film Factory Ent.

JARDIN DE AMAPOLAS

JUAN CARLOS MELO, COLOMBIA

Drama set in rebel-strewn countryside was a 2011 Ventana Sur Copia 0 Primer Corte awardee. Sold for Japanese pay TV/VOD and to North and South America for pay-per-view. KWA

MALA

ADRIAN CAETANO, ARGENTINA-MEXICO· FRANCE

Hitwoman has a special line of business: murdering men who abuse women - until she runs into her own trouble. …

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