Argentine production company Coruya Cine (“Nocturne: Side A”), led by Javier Díaz, has signed on to produce “The Sugar Girl” (“La Niña Del Azúcar”) with Peruvian AV Films (“Juego Siniestro”). Filmed in the remote and expansive city of Iquitos, the project will leverage the Amazonian film noir aesthetic to blend the suspenseful and metaphysical components of four parallel narratives.
“Space is used to tell other people’s stories. It’s not always drug lords, it’s also drug lords living in the jungle, re-examining Latin America and who we are. Before, it seemed that only Europeans could talk about the human condition. Latin America also has stories to tell,” Diaz told to type.
‘Sugar Girl’ screenwriter and director Javier Velasquez Varela will lead Peruvian and Argentine geniuses to unravel the mysterious facts of a missing woman amid paranormal events that touch on a criminal-horror mess of Local mysticism in a ravaged city.
The film, which was previously promoted at the Sanfic Morbido lab, was joined by five other projects before the jury, including acclaimed Spanish horror legend Paco Plaza.
Diaz’s focus oscillates between documentaries and genre films, and he works with type Regarding the range of genre projects on the Coruya board and the care required to watch them, “Each movie is a different universe. Every movie has its own behavior. They are like organisms that get sick, heal, shrink, and grow. But, well, one has to be mindful that it’s alive and it can be done. I think so, it’s all organic.”
He continued: “I love this type of art-adventure film that addresses social issues, not just films based on scare tactics, but high-level horror films with audience awareness.”
‘Legion’ goes to Fantasia
Further cementing the South American genre’s position in the global market, Diaz sees another Coruia production, with Fabien Ford (“Mala Carne”)’s “Legion” (“Cosa e Mandinga”) in charge of the Montreal fantasy Song Festival.
Guido Rud’s FilmSharks has snapped up sales rights and is expected to attract a lot of attention after its North American premiere.
Drawing on ancestral lore, beliefs in heritage, and complex family dynamics, the film follows protagonist Antonio Pojju (German de Silva) as he tells his fellow psychiatrists about his wondrous past as a shaman.
The troupe prepares to stage a drama of events, and a long edge of evil emerges. A brutal and semi-hilarious narrative unravels when an estranged father and his daughter Helena (Lorena Vega) are faced with honoring their past to secure their future.
Forte is seen as integral to the revitalization of the Argentine horror scene, and he collaborates with type Before screenings and culture, the Argentine genre film tour, and screenings in Diaz in search of like-minded souls.
The film tells the story of the transition from tradition to modern convenience. Do you think human beings are too far from their origin?
I have no doubts about that. The capitalist system takes us completely out of our roots. There are minority cultures and peoples who resist the current policies and dominant world system, but they are the minority. If we are lucky enough to be able to do this, we are slowly losing ourselves and finding ourselves again. It’s a very personal task, made daunting in a world that leads to disconnection. Rebirth and changing minds, changing habits for a lifetime, require a firm conviction.
Can you talk about the pros and cons of making genre films in Argentina?
Argentine genre films are growing significantly due to the talent of the creators and their adaptability, not the budgets of the films. Despite low budgets and huge financial problems, we are creating projects that compete in major international horror film festivals. Our country is in crisis and it has a big impact on culture. We needed a co-production to be able to shoot.
We have to adapt to tell stories within the economic panorama we have. This adaptation means that sometimes great products get lost. We are faced with the difficult task of keeping up with the market and making it happen with very little money.
What I value very much is independence and the creative authorship decision is in my hands, or in this case Javier’s decision. We do not depend on large production companies making requests from the public and the market.
How important is it to find the right producer?
Finding someone who has a similar vision for your story to defend the project is a complex and extremely important thing. Javier Díaz has always believed in the story, in every artistic decision made during development. Producing in our country is the task of the giants and there are many risks. I understand the courage it takes to make a genre film. It requires different effects, makeup, VFX, and post-production time that other genres don’t. It is necessary to have a production partner who knows what movie you have in mind and is willing to take risks for that vision.