In today’s International Newswire, Latin America sees the rise of genre filmmaking, Film4
strengthens its exec team as it enters awards season, and FremantleMedia inks a scripted deal with 87 Films.
Genre filmmaking is becoming a more commercially potent force in Latin America and elsewhere as digital distribution gains strength.
At last week’s Mar del Plata
Film Festival, of 12 Argentine movie projects presented at one of its main pitching sessions, over half were horror or thriller movies, including some of its most notable titles, whether Paula Martel
’s assassination suspenser “First We Take Anillaco,” Rosendo Ruíz
’s neo-noir “Boom Boom,” or Maximiliano Anríquez’s post-apocalypse low-fi sci-fi “The Doggy.”
Genre in its widest sense, embracing horror, thrillers and sci-fi, is the film type of choice for Latin America’s newest generation of filmmakers. Drawn from all over Argentina, the directors and producers behind the projects at Mar del Plata
are almost all under 40.
On Tuesday, out of