A varied delegation from Peruvian cinema will be present at the Latin American film market Ventana Sur. The event takes place from 29 November until 3 December and is organized by the National Institute for Cinema and Audiovisual Arts and the Cannes Film Festival’s Marché du Film (Film Market).
Supported by the Peruvian Audiovisual, Phonography and New Media Office and the respective production companies and film studios, there are fifteen Peruvian representatives including directors, script writers and producers, who are coming to Buenos Aires to show off their pre and post-production projects, all part of a growing industry looking to increase its international standing.
Adrian Saba, the great hope of Peruvian cinema and receiver of international awards, is presenting two feature length films with his production company Flamingo: El Soñador (The Dreamer), his second film, made at the Cannes Film Festival Residence in 2013 and which received its worldwide release in February 2016 at the Berlin International Film Festival’s Generation Section. It also received the award for best Peruvian film and a special jury’s choice award at the 20th Lima Film festival. And “Toribio Bardelli’s Erection”, about a dysfunctional family, in which every member suffers from a unique disease or eccentricity.
Joanna Lombardi, daughter of the great Peruvian filmmaker Francisco Lombardi, and Gianfranco Quattrini present Panza de Burro (the Donkey’s Belly), an episodic comedy directed by six famous Peruvian filmmakers which received the best reviews at the San Sebastian film Festival
Flores Brothers, the studio run by brothers Hugo and Juan Carlos Flores, are at Ventana Sur to promote La Venganza del Fachoy: los guerreros del chifa (Fachoy’s Revenge: The Chinese restaurant Warriors), a feature length martial arts comedy with fantasy and action elements and suitable for all. The film is about destiny and mixes Oriental mysticism and parody with ”Chifa” food.
The director and scriptwriter Marcos Melgar presents “Leyendas Urbanas (Urban Legends)”, the story of five women murdered by five psychopaths united by their traumatic past. These stories are narrated by Sandro Pascual in his radio program Leyendas Urbanas (Urban Legends).
Los Helechos (The Ferns) is no ordinary film, making use of theatrical improvisation techniques. This feature length work of fiction is directed by Antolín Prieto and is competing in the Films in Progress 2016 selection. Two pairs of friends travel to Azpitia Valley one weekend, in order to face and find solutions to their problems by being alone without any distractions. It is up to the actors to develop the plot of this dramatic comedy as they see fit.
The young filmmaker Rafael Arévalo (El Topo Producciones) is taking part. The 34-year-old is already one of the most celebrated and important filmmakers of the so-called Peruvian Independent Cinema or New Peruvian Cinema. This year he has directed: “Mensajes Subliminales, El Año del apocalipsis (Subliminal messages, the year of apocalypse)” and the short films: “Sinsentido (Nonesense)” and “La resolución de Descartes (Descartes’ Solution)”.
For the first time in the market, there will be a section dedicated exclusively to Latin American animation. Feature length animation projects and TV series will be pitched to a jury of international experts and professionals. Two productions are competing for Peru.
Aimbo (Tunche Films) directed by Jose Zelada Matthews, with conceptual art by Pierre Salazar and production by Cesar Zelada. It tells the story of Aimb, a girl from the Amazon who discovers that her world was destroyed by human beings who weren’t aware of her existence. Mythical Amazon beings like a giant tortoise who carries the forest on its shell, help Aimb in her fight against illegal mining.
“Imilla” is the story of a young farmer who has a mysterious superhuman force, and must solve the mystery of the terrible drought, before it’s too late. Directors: Erick Ali Chagua / Gabriel Bonilla (Apus).
Also animated, although not competing in Animation! Pitching Sessions, it is Nuna (Origami studio) directed by Jimy Carhuas (Ikaro). The Andean mountains suffer a perpetual winter; the children have disappeared and neither the scissor dancers nor their spirits seem to be able to do anything about it. Yaku, an apprentice dancer, must go on a journey through the Andean spiritual world to find his younger brother.