Magazine article Variety

Window into the South

Magazine article Variety

Window into the South

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VENTANA SUR, by far Latin America's biggest movie-TV market, unspools its ninth edition over Nov. 27 through Dec. 1. Here are seven key points about this year's market for visitors:

THE BIG TITLES Are foreign markets, like Hollywood, now suffering from a highend TV diaspora? As more big-name foreign-language directors and actors are swallowed up by high-end TV, the number of big highprofile Latin American movies coming to the market may not increase. Several will be talked up or shooting during Ventana Sur, however: Pablo Trapero's "La Quietud," a sisters' drama with Bérénice Bejo and Martina Gusmán; "You Shall Not Sleep," from "Casa Muda's" Gustavo Hernández, a Fox pick-up for U.S. and Latin America; and Ricardo Darin's "Love at Last Chance," a second- chance romance. One more big Argentine title may well be added to the mix before Ventana Sur.

FIRING UPON MULTIPLE CYLINDERS Launched in 2009, Ventana Sur was first a sales market for Latin American films, and soon a coproduction meet, as hundreds of young Latin American producers descended on the event to find production partners in and outside the region. Ventana Sur now fires on multiple cylinders: Movies, genre, TV, animation and VR. "The locomotive is clearly the Latin America feature films, with its Blood Window [genre]component, but the sidebars - European screenings, Trends, Animation!, TV - bring new participants and enlarge the network and possibilities of encounters," says Cannes Film Market's Jerome Paillard, Ventana Sur co-director with Bernardo Bergeret, head of international affairs at Argentina's Incaa film- TV agency.

PRIMER CORTE AND COPIA 0 VS' heart, for sales agent and distrib attendance, remains its Primer Corte and Copia 0 pix-in-post showcases. Of its titles, there's great buzz on Lila Avilés' "The Chambermaid," a drama on women's search for sense of self; and large curiosity about gritty Peru Callao port-set "We're All Sailors," from Cannes Cinefondation alum Miguel Angel Moulet. There's good word, too, on Dominican "Miriam Miente" and Chile's out-there "Perros sin cola."

LUMIERE WITH THIERRY FREMAUX On a whistle-stop road-trip, Thierry Fremaux, director of the Institut Lumiere and of the Cannes film fest, will present and voice over to a live audience (and in Spanish) "Lumiére! …

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