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A Contracorriente Nabs Spanish rights to ‘Benedetti, 60 Años de Luz’

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Uruguay’s Corral Cine is closing Spanish distribution rights with Barcelona-based A Contracorriente Films for its documentary “Benedetti, 60 Años con Luz,” the 60-year love story of famed Uruguayan writer-poet Mario Benedetti and his wife A Luz Lopez. describes Directed by Coral Scene’s Andres Varela and shot by Oscar-nominated DOP Cesar Charlon (“City of God”).

Charlon is the sole judge of Running 2n.d ARCA International Festival of Films on Art (January 2-7).

Mexico’s Vendo Cine is snapping up Mexican rights while Buenos Aires and LA-based international sales agency Punctum, which focuses exclusively on Latin American documentaries, has snapped up worldwide sales rights.

A Contracorriente first saw the doc at the Iberseries and Platino Iberoamerican film-TV event in Madrid last September. Doc has since opened in Uruguay where it played for an unprecedented 12 weeks, Varela said.

In other exclusive news, Fernando Meirelles’ O2 Films has boarded the documentary “Partido” (“Party”) at Corral Cine, titled “Brazil, What the Hell Happened?”, directed by Charlon Corral Cine co-founder Sebastian Bednarik and Brazil’s Joachim the castro Charlon, who flew to Brazil to shoot President-elect Lula’s inauguration to complete his documentary on the country’s political events, is a longtime collaborator of Meireles, having worked on the filmmaker’s acclaimed “City of God,” “The Constant Gardener.” “Two Popes” and most recently, “Sugar,” a sci-fi drama series for Apple TV+.

Charlon also co-directs “Graph Spee” with Varela who is taking the project to the Berlinale for further meetings. Meanwhile, William Brookfield (“Kidnapping Mr. Heineken”) has joined a writing team that includes Varela and Carlos Andres Morelli (“Home Team”).

Partido
Courtesy of Coral Sean

Charlon also served as cinematographer on “Graph Spee,” a six-part human drama set against the backdrop of the most extraordinary naval battle of World War II, the Battle of the River Plate, which took place off the coast of Montevideo, Uruguay. 1939.

“Graph Spee” was among a dozen scripted series projects pitched at the 4th Connecta Fiction, Spain’s Europe-Latin America TV co-production forum.

Meanwhile, the third Doc Varela is directing, “The Child Who Dreamed” (“L’Enfant qui reve”), with Charlon as DOP, will continue filming in France in March. Argentina’s Santiago Othegui, (“Monos,” “La Leon”) has signed on as editor for France’s 24 Image Prod. has been on board as a co-producer, Varela said.

“The Child Who Dreamed” is an insightful look at artist Philip Genty, now in his early 80s, who is famous for commenting on the human experience through a combination of dance, pantomime, object theater, puppetry, music and light.

On the television side, pre-production has begun on Coral Scene’s first fiction television series, the online dating dramedy “Is It Love” (“S Amour?”) with Bednarik directing and Charlon overseeing series photography. Filmed entirely on 4K cell phones.

As executive producers of ARCA, which begins its second edition on January 2 and concludes on January 7, Varela and Bednarik also take on the challenge of dealing with logistics and overwhelming attendance.

Benedetti, 60 Años Con Luz
Courtesy of Coral Cine

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