Six new projects showcased at this year’s showcase

Last week, the six projects taking part in this year’s Sanfic Morbido Lab, Sanfic’s genre/fantasy film showcase, were announced to Variety. The showcase is in its third year and takes place during Sanfic, Santiago Festival Internacional de Cine, during the third week of this month.

We are always particularly interested in the participation of our friends and family in Grupo Morbido, which seeks to further develop genre cinema in the LatAm region.

As the article points out, three of the six projects are expected to be directed by female directors; Argentine Laura Sánchez Acosta, Spaniard Marta Medina del Valle and Franco-Spanish screenwriter Elisa Puerto Aubel.

Of personal interest is the participation of my friend, Laura Sanchez Acosta, who brings croak on display this year. This is the feature version of his 2019 short film, La Solapa. I had read and anglicized a version of this film’s treatment for her a few years ago. We really liked what we read in this dark rural fantasy with key social issues at its core. Laura has worked hard in effects on a ton of high profile projects since then (Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets, Death on the Nile, The last duel, Enola Holmes, The old guard, etc. etc.). She needs to get back behind the camera and do her own magic, not just someone else’s.

“’croak‘ is a film in which fantasy and genre are not simply tools for telling and preserving folk myths and aboriginal monsters, but also exposing, criticizing and denouncing an urgent reality in northeastern Argentina: the kidnappings and human trafficking,” Sánchez Acosta said.

“I grew up in Soria, the most depopulated region in Spain, a demographic desert. Many villages are now abandoned. Are we the modern ghosts of these ghost stories? asks Medina del Valle.

This year’s Sanfic-Mórbido Lab tutors include Oscar-winning screenwriter Gonzalo Maza”A fantastic woman.”

“This year’s line-up is the strongest we’ve had to date, with titles from across the continent, from the north with Mexico to the south with Brazil, a particular focus on Chile and, for the first time, participation from Spain”, commented Pablo Guisa, CEO of Grupo Mórbido.

Guisa added: “50% of the projects are women, with very interesting names among producers André Pereira and Edher Campos, director Cristian Ponce and new talents to discover like Marta Medina. I am proud and excited.

We also see that the Brazilian director Cristian Ponce, director of history of the occulthas another project featured at this showcase, A mother’s embrace (concept art above). Ponce has another project making the rounds in the market last year, The Sorcerer’s Hourso let’s cross our fingers that he can advance more than one project.

The programming of the 3rd Sanfic-Mórbido Lab 2022:

croak,” (“Solapa», Laura Sánchez Acosta, Argentina, Uruguay)

The young Malena dives deep into the forest to rescue her little sister, kidnapped in the middle of a party by an apparently mythological creature: the Solapa. But, in the forest and the shade, there are monsters more dangerous than those who live in folk tales. A feature-length expansion on Sánchez Acosta’s favorite short festival of the same title backed by Argentinian Cruz del Sur Cine (“Limbo”) and Far Away Cinema (“Yesica”) and the Uruguayan Sueko Films (“Reus”).

Lapland,” (“Lapland», Marta Medina del Valle, Spain)

Eva, a young student, Héctor, a topographer who drives a Google Street View car, and Saturio, a farmer, are involved in a series of mysterious disappearances that took place in the same region of Soria, Spain, at different times. . What politicians and demographers call ’emptied Spain’, however, could be the result of something deeper and more ancestral. It could be the land that punishes those who abandon it, according to the projects synopsis. A popular project by Medina del Valle, a graduate of ECAM Madrid Film School, winner of an Academia de Cine residency.

magic word,” (“World Magico», Cristián Grez Donoso, Chile)

Alfredo (65), a former amusement park actor who now works in a home for the terminally ill, promises Isidora (8), his friend and sufferer of leukemia, to put on a play to surprise. Violent psychotic episodes result in Alfredo’s dismissal but do not dampen his resolve to stage the play, even if he must kill to do so. Written by Grez Donoso, who is also set to direct, “magic wordis produced by Majo Einfalt in Chile’s Imaginario Contenidos. “This project delves into the horror of the decadence and desolation that has always existed in our society when it comes to the elderly, a people’s oblivion that more than one of us are afraid of,” Grez said. Donoso at Variety.

A mother’s embrace,” (“Madre’s hug», Cristián Ponce, Brazil)

When a major storm hits Rio de Janeiro, Ana and her firefighting team must evacuate a retirement home that is in danger of collapsing – but they soon discover that the house’s mysterious residents have other plans. Ponce’s second live-action feature film. “With this project, I seek to continue to explore several themes close to me already developed to some extent during ‘The Kirlian frequency‘ and ‘history of the occult‘: Notions of paranoia, religion, existentialism and the construction of identity through our relationship with others,” Ponce said.

Plasma”, (Daniel Aspillaga, Chile)

Set in the Chilean production house hu+mano, a fictional feature film is a bodily horror mockumentary. A sphere of flesh with tentacles orbits the sky of Valparaíso, generating in its inhabitants an uncontrollable desire for liberation and well-being and genetic modification, they tell a film crew that records the end of the world.

puppies,” (“Cachorros», Elisa Puerto Aubel, Mexico)

Mexicali, on the American border: Drought, corruption and canteens. Zoo veterinarian Clara Vásquez receives a wolf cub, whom she immediately connects with. Suddenly, strange things happen and terrifying wolves appear, wanting to get the pup back. The potential feature debut of Madrid-based Puerto Aubel, who wrote Sitges”Jairo’s Revenge,” supported by “Huesera» producer Edher Campos at Machete Producciones in Mexico.

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