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Fabula Elevates Constanza Muñoz, Preps Alberdi, Murray for Sundance

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Preparing Mite Alberdi’s “The Eternal Memory” and Christopher Murray’s “Magic” for world premieres at this year’s Sundance Festival, “Spencer” director and producer Pablo and Juan de Dios Larren’s Fabula has promoted Constanza Munoz to VP of films in its North American office. The move comes as Fabula continues to expand into the English-language market. Munoz will report to Andrew Hevia, Fabula’s head of film and TV in North America.

Set as a boutique art film producer that first made a splash with Pablo Larraín’s “Tony Manero,” Chile’s 2009 Oscar submission, few Latin American production companies have seen as energetic growth as Fabula.

After Pablo Larrain made his English-language debut, directing 2016’s “Jackie” with Natalie Portman, Fabula opened an office in the United States in 2018. Its founding goal was not only to produce titles from Laren but also to offer itself as a production base to other non-American directors looking to move into English-language filmmaking but wary of losing complete control of their projects in the United States.

That process is now materializing in the stinging social thriller “Rich Flu,” directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urutia of “The Platform,” which will soon wrap with Carlos Juarez, Gaztelu-Urutia and Albert for Fabula and Spain’s Nostromo Pictures. Solar is also producing.

In his new role at Fabula’s North America base, which he joined in 2018 after moving from the Santiago office, Muñoz will focus on the company’s growing slate of English-language features for distribution on streaming platforms and in theaters, Fabula said in a written statement Saturday.

“Constanza has been an essential part of the North American office for the past three years,” said Juan de Dios Larran, “and this promotion is a testament to her excellent work.”

“I’m thrilled to be working with some of the best creatives in the business,” added Munoz, “and grateful for the opportunity to expand Fabula’s footprint in the US.”

Having snagged a Best Documentary Oscar nomination for “The Mole Agent,” Alberdi is now generating good buzz with his follow-up, “The Eternal Memory,” which bows Jan. 22 in Sundance’s World Cinema Documentary category. It turns on the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s on an attractive but elderly married couple.

Murray’s third fiction feature also arrives on Sunday after 2016 Venice main contender “The Blind Christ,” premiered at the “Witchcraft” World Film Drama Competition.

Set on the island of Chiloé in the late 19th century, it shows a young girl who embraces her indigenous culture, including its witchcraft, in rebellion after her father is brutally murdered on a settler’s farm. Fabula described it as “a period horror film”. The real horror, Murray notes, is “how one world view was superimposed on another world view that already existed.”

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