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Illumination, Gulf: Global rights to Panama’s ‘Plaza Cathedral’

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Eli Samah’s Luminosity Entertainment and Mike Curz’s Gulfstream Pictures have snatched the global rights to Abner Benaim’s dramatic thriller, “Plaza Cathedral”.

The deal, drawn up by Luminosity Partner and vice-president Daniel Diamond and Karz, closes in October just before the film’s world premiere at the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG). Division, Mejkal Award.

“Plaza Cathedral is a very strong, moving film with great acting and extraordinary direction by Benaim. We are proud to bring this film to a worldwide audience,” Diamond said.

This is Luminosity’s first non-English pickup, launched in September. “If I haven’t represented many English-language films, audiences in the United States and around the world are showing their interest in content of all nationalities and languages, as evidenced by the success of shows like ‘Lupine’. Squid games, ‘Roma,’ and so on.”

The play centers on Alicia, whose seemingly perfect life was ruined when her six-year-old son died in an accident. Her grief caused by guilt has removed her from society, from married life and from herself. He lives in the Old Quarter of Panama where one day he meets a 13-year-old Street Smart Chief who insists on paying to see his car. He avoids her until one night he comes to his apartment, bleeding from a gunshot.

The film’s logline asks: How far do you go to help a stranger?

“Connecting with the audience gives life to our work and the film and its message live on in the minds and hearts of the audience,” Benaim said. Since it can be global, and for that we feel very well represented by Luminosity Entertainment and Gulfstream Pictures: they understand and believe in the film, and have the knowledge and experience to share their enthusiasm with key global players.

This is the second narrative feature of Benaim, who is at the forefront of both fiction and non-fiction filmmaking. “Plaza Cathedral” The star is Mexican actress Ilse Salas, for which she is famous Her award-winning role in Alexandra Marquez’s “The Good Girls” (“Las Ninas Bean”). She recently starred in “Seorita 89”, produced by Chile’s powerhouse Shingle, Fabula (“Jackie,” Spencer)). , Plays the role of ex-husband.

Selected from more than 250 kids who came for his open casting call held in his Panama City neighborhood, Fernando Javier de Casta, a neutral, played the lead role. According to Benaim, Xavier de Casta was shot dead just months before the film was released. ‚ÄúReality has penetrated the film in the most tragic way. Fernando’s untimely death has become a sad symbol of a violently isolated society and an unworthy part of the message of ‘Plaza Cathedral’. “

Benaim’s first descriptive feature was the 2010 comedy “Chance”, a huge local hit that surpassed “Avatar” at the Panama box office and was adopted by HBO in the United States.

Since then he has directed notable dock-features such as “Attack” and “Ruben Blade Is Not My Name”, later winning the Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival and representing Panama at the 91st Academy Awards.

“Plaza Cathedral” is Benaim’s most ambitious film to date where he brings together top Latino talents led by DP Lorenzo Hagerman “) and music by Matthew Herbert (” A Great Woman, “” Cave “).

The film is a joint production of Benaim’s Panama-based Appartura Films, Matthias Ehenberg’s Barracuda Films (Mexico), Carlos Garcia and Mariel Mosekera’s Blonde Indian Films (Colombia) and Ruben Sierra Sales.

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Plaza Cathedral
Courtesy of Appartura Films

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