Magazine article Screen International

Ventana Sur: Brazilian Thriller 'The French Teacher', ‘Feverish’ Swiss Drama 'The Jungle' among Proyecta Pitches

Magazine article Screen International

Ventana Sur: Brazilian Thriller 'The French Teacher', ‘Feverish’ Swiss Drama 'The Jungle' among Proyecta Pitches

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Collaboration with San Sebastian Film Festival to foster co-productions with Latin America.

Filmmakers let fly with their pitches on Tuesday (10) at the inaugural Proyecta session organised by Ventana Sur and San Sebastian Film Festival to foster co-productions with Latin America.

Among those under the spotlight are The Jungle, a Swiss project that director Matthias Huser explained was a 1970s-set family drama that morphs via a “feverish” storytelling tone into an experimental film.

The film centres on Sheila, who returns to her childhood home where her dying father tries to convince her to continue his life’s work and protect a patch of jungle. Some 20% of the budget is in place and The Jungle has support from the Zurich Film Foundation and MEDIA Desk Suisse, and Success Cinema.

Producer and 8horses co-founder Tolga Dilsiz said they were looking for Latin American co-production partners as 99% of the story takes place in the jungle, a ecosystem Switzerland is clearly not known for.

The French Teacher is a Brazilian thriller presented by Brasil CineMundi. Ricardo Alves Jr will direct and Thiago Macedo Correia of Entrefilmes produces the story inspired by the current political climate that has seen Brazil swing to the right and usher in president-elect Jair Bolsonaro.

The story follows Grace, an independent black woman and private French tutor working in a large Brazilian metropolis who becomes entangled with a family of religious extremists. Grace Passo (Torino Film festival best actress winner for Long Way Home) will star, and Alves Jr recently completed the screenplay in anticipation of a start of production in the first half of 2020. …

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