Fantastic Market Picks a Sinful 16
International co-production market draws on Fantastic Fest vets
By Richard Whittaker, 2:30PM, Thu. Aug. 22
When Tim League and Robert Rodriguez announced that this year's Fantastic Fest would also feature the Mercado Fantastico, their first stall in the film market business, they promised the best of the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world's genre creators would be coming.
So no surprise that this morning's announcement of the 16 projects planned to the Fantastic Market include some familiar names from Fantastic Fests past.
Topping that list is undoubtedly the creative partnership of director Adrian Garcia Bogliano and producer Andrea Quiroz (Cold Sweat; Penumbra; Here Comes The Devil) who will be pitching Club Panico. Quiroz will be pulling double duty, as she's presenting The Incident by first-time director Isaac Ezban.
Other FF and SX Fantastic vets include Jorge Michel Grau (whose meaty urban cannibal drama Somos Lo Que Hay just got the Hollywood treatment as We Are What We Are); the return of Cuban horror pioneer Alejandro Brugués (Juan of the Dead) with The Wrong Place; and our all-around favorite chronicler of ass-kicking Ernesto Diaz Espinosa (Mandrill, Kiltro, Mirage Man)
Also look out for Dennison Ramalho, who'll be breaking into the feature business with Cross of Souls: However, FF veterans will know him from the astonishing police procedural/supernatural nightmare Ninjas.
The 16 films at the market may represent the future of Iberian-influenced film making, but there's some great news for Texas in here: Seven of the projects propose to film at least partially in the Lone Star State, meaning more jobs and production work for local talent.
Here's the full list of projects that will be presents at the market:
Director: Emilio Portes (Meet the Head of Juan Perez; Pastorela) Producer: Rodrigo Herranz Fanjul, Pastorela Películas (Meet the Head of Juan Perez; Pastorela)
Club Panico (Mexico)
D: Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Cold Sweat; Penumbra; Here Comes The Devil) Producer: Andrea Quiroz, Salto de Fe Films (Cold Sweat; Penumbra; Here Comes The Devil)
D: Batan Silva (Rays of Light; Nonna's Trip) Producers: Sandra Avila & Monica Bider, Avila Entertainment Cast: Damin Bicher and Olga Kurylenko
Cross of Souls (Brazil)
D: Dennison Ramalho (first feature) Producers: Pablo Torrecillas, Rodrigo Castellar, and Dennison Ramalho, TC Filmes & Pagan Film
El Duende (Colombia)
D: Jorge Navas (Blood and Rain) Producer: Diego Ramirez, 64-A Films (Perro Come Perro)
El Plata (Argentina)
D: Tamae Garateguy (Pompeya; She Wolf) Producer: Jimena Monteoliva, Crudo Films (Pompeya; She Wolf)
El Arbor del Oblivio (The Tree of Oblivion) (Canada)
D: Rodrigo Gudiño (Last Will and Testament of Rosalinda Lee) Producers: Marco Pecota & Lilia Deschamps, Rue Morgue Cinema & Someone at the Door Productions
Greedy Beasts (Spain)
D: Juan Martínez Moreno (Game of Werewolves; A Good Man) Producers: Enrique Lopez Lavigne (28 Weeks Later; The Impossible) & Belen Atienza (The Impossible; Open Windows) & Maria Angula, Apaches Entertainment
The Incident (Mexico)
D: Isaac Ezban (first feature) Producer: Andrea Quiroz, Yellow Films (Cold Sweat; Penumbra; Here Comes The Devil)
Small Town (Uruguay)
D: Gustavo Hernández Ibáñez (La Casa Muda) Producers: Pablo González & Ignacio García Cucucovich, Mother Superior
The Summer Hit (Uruguay/Chile/Brazil)
D: Pablo Stoll (25 Watts, Whisky) Producers: Florencia Larrea, Kiné-Imágenes (Bonsai; Young and Wild) & Pablo Stoll Ward & Pablo Torecillas, Temperamento Films & Tc Filmes
D: Edgar Nito (first feature) Producer: Rodrigo Frias, Pimienta Films
US Visitor (Argentina)
D: Nicolas Goldbart (Phase 7) Producer: Sebastian Aloi, Aeroplana SA (Phase 7)
The Wrong Place (Cuba / U.S.)
D: Alejandro Brugués (Juan of the Dead) Producers: Claudia Calvino & Alejandro Tovar, Producciones de la 5ta Avenida (Juan of the Dead)
Violent Rider (Chile)
D: Ernesto Diaz Espinosa (Mandrill, Kiltro, Mirage Man) Producer: Derek Rundell, 6 Figure Films (Mandrill, Kiltro, Mirage Man)
Yamaha 300 (Mexico)
D: Jorge Michel Grau (Somos Lo Que Hay) Producer: Mayra E. Castro, Velarium Arts