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Solita, Auna, Canica Rhythm from ‘La Pecera Glorimar Marrero’

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Spain’s Solita Films and Auna Productions, and Puerto Rico’s Canica Films, the production team behind Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition entry “La Pecera” (“The Fishbowl”), are rejoining Glorimar Marrero Sánchez, Puerto Rican feature maker “El Grito de La Trinitaria.”

Written and directed by Marrero Sánchez, “El Grito de la Trinitaria” (a working title) follows a Dominican woman searching for her place in the world and the old woman whose house she lives in, as they lose the apartment they’ve shared over the years.

The project replicates the Spain-Puerto Rico production partnership of “La Pesera,” with Solitaire co-founder José Esteban Allenda, Aunar Amaya Izquierdo and Canica Marrero Sánchez serving as producers.

“The search for my own place sparked my interest, as a Puerto Rican, in addressing the need for people’s self-determination,” Marrero said. diversity.

“This time, I will accomplish this by exploring patriarchal violence against two women who have shared space and life for years. One, the owner of the house, loses his place. The other is an immigrant, dependent on the Caribbean and a place that has never ceased to be foreign to him.”

In the early stages of script development, the story is set and scheduled to be shot in Madrid.

The “El Grito de la Trinitarias” framework continues a stable, long-term co-production relationship that began in April 2018 when “La Pesera” was pitched as a project at the Máfiz Industry Zone of the Malaga Film Festival. The co-production deal was closed on Ventana Sur in December.

The new project marks another step in Madrid-based Solita Films’ aim to strengthen its position as a strong bridge with Latin American filmmakers.

Marrero Sánchez’s first feature, “La Pecera,” tapped the Tribeca Film Institute’s Latin American Film Fund and won the Coral Award for Best Unreleased Screenplay at the Havana Film Festival.

Recently picked up for world sales by New York-based Visit Films, “La Pecera” world premieres Jan. 23 at Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition, marking a pioneering achievement for a Puerto Rican film directed by a woman.

An intimate drama with an ecological balance, “La Pesera” follows Nolia, a 40-year-old Puerto Rican visual artist who finds her cancer returning and rapidly spreading after years in remission.

Nolia’s final decision is to return to her native Viez in Puerto Rico and demand the freedom to determine her own destiny. He reunites with his friends and family, who are still dealing with the contamination of their home by the US Navy after 60 years of military practice.

The cast is led by Isel Rodríguez (“America,” “Crossbones”), Modesto Lassen (“Celia,” “La Esclava Blanca”) and Magali Carrasquillo (“Subete a mi moto,” “Queen Ares Tu?”).

“La Pesera” will receive its European premiere as part of the Ingmar Bergman competition at Sweden’s Gothenburg Film Festival, which runs Jan. 27-Feb. 5.

In Spain, Elmedia will distribute the film to theaters; Its free-to-air broadcast rights were acquired by Spanish public broadcaster RTVE.

Often eyeing Latin American partnerships, Solitaire’s movie slate has already built a standout track record in recent years, screening at international festivals such as Berlinale, Seminyak, Seattle, Sitges, Montreal and Guadalajara and distribution on platforms such as HBO, Movistar+, Mubi and Filmin.

In 2019, the Madrid-based company co-produced Antonella Sudasassi’s Costa Rica Academy Awards entry “The Awakening of the Ants,” which had its world premiere at the Berlinale Forum and won the Seattle Grand Jury Prize.

“The ‘Awakening of the Ants’ changed our perception of the market and we started looking for projects directly linked to Latin America made by women. There we found ‘La Pecera,'” commented producer José Esteban Alenda.

“We are learning how to dream our own stories with the dreams of others. In Glorimar Marrero Sánchez we have found a writer with a very stimulating vision.”

Solita’s last four co-productions are Latin American, two of which are currently in post: Maria Zanetti’s McInnes-selling “Alemannia,” in partnership with Argentina’s Juan Pablo Miller’s Taria Fina, and Jennifer de la Rosa’s creative documentary “Hija del Vulcan,” a Mexico Co-production.

The Esteban Alenda brothers’ career as directors will continue with “Alma y los site monstruos,” a co-production with María del Pui Alvarado (“Madre,” “The Mole Agent”) at Madrid’s Malvalanda, based on about 12 novels. . -year-old girl who has to learn to live with a bunch of monsters under her bed.

“It’s a fantasy series aimed at a family audience of coming-of-age stories that talk about the importance of our children’s mental health and aim to strengthen communication between parents and children,” explained José Esteban Allenda.

Also promoting new voices at home, Solita Marta Matut’s Alzheimer’s drama “Yo no Morire de Amor,” winner of the SGAE Julio Alejandro Best Feature Screenplay Award, is scheduled to roll next year.

More recent projects in Spain include Spanish-Chinese filmmaker Jiaji Yu Yan’s “Tres edades,” selected by Netflix Summer Camp and Spanish Film Academy Residence.

A drama without stereotypes about the Chinese community in Spain, “Tres edades” follows Xiaowei, a 7-year-old Chinese boy, who comes to live in Barcelona in 1992 with his parents, whom he does not know, since they emigrated when he. He was still a child.

“I am part of a generation that grew up without reference to Spanish fiction that goes beyond clichés and stereotypes about reality and Chinese culture. From this absence of reference, it is necessary to narrate a story like ‘Sun Dai Shi Guang’ (‘Trace Aides’), which allows us to reflect on isolation, uprooting, cultural identity, generational conflict and lack of communication,” argued Jiaji Yu Yan. .

“At Solita, we speak the same language as other writers, so communication with them is more fluid,” Alenda said.

La Pesera
Courtesy of Solita Films

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