Based in 1998, O Som e a Furia is one in every of Portugal’s main manufacturing firms, and has produced works by Portuguese auteurs similar to Miguel Gomes, Ivo Ferreira, Sandro Aguilar, and João Nicolau.
Owned by Luís Urbano and Sandro Aguilar, the corporate has developed a transparent editorial line devoted to Portuguese and international auteurs who develop movies with crossover potential that may succeed on the worldwide competition circuit.
Over the previous 20 years the corporate has labored with a constant group of administrators and has developed a community of normal co-production companions, particularly in France, Germany, Brazil and Switzerland.
Urbano says that one in every of his key contributions is at a curatorial stage: “We purpose to work with administrators who’ve a particular perspective and to evolve with them over their careers. Within the case of a brand new director, I can assist them create a particular mark.”
In 2019 the corporate will launch 4 movies– two majority co-productions: João Nicolau’s musical “Technoboss,” and Gonçalo Waddington’s debut function “Patrick,” each repped by The Match Manufacturing unit; and two minority co-productions: Ira Sachs’ “Frankie,” and Laís Bodanzky’s “Pedro.”
“Frankie” and “Technoboss” have been included by French journal, Cahiers du Cinema, amongst its high 13 most awaited movies in 2019.
Urbano believes that the tasks releasing in 2019 will consolidate the corporate’s positioning as an vital worldwide producer of auteur movies with cross-over potential.
“Patrick” has aroused vital curiosity for a debut function. It was chosen for the Berlinale co-production market in early 2016, after which took half within the Sundance Mediterranean Screenwriters Workshop, the place the makers have been mentored by Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari, which made it potential to place collectively a €2 million ($2,four million) price range.
41-year previous helmer Waddington is an acclaimed playwright, stage director and actor, having starred in movies similar to Miguel Gomes’ “Arabian Nights.”
“In contrast to most of our different movies, the script performs a decisive position in ‘Patrick’,” says Urbano. “It has a powerful narrative construction and could be very script-orientated. What you learn within the script is intently aligned with what we see within the movie.”
“Patrick” recounts the story of an 8-year previous Portuguese boy, Mario, who’s rediscovered years later after being imprisoned in a Parisian jail, aged 20, now referred to as Patrick. It’s loosely impressed by the true-life story of an 11-year previous baby referred to as Rui Pedro who was kidnapped in Portugal in 1998 and by no means discovered.
Patrick has change into a borderline legal who lives with a 45-year previous artist in Paris, having been concerned in baby pornography since his abduction. He should select between a prolonged jail sentence or returning to his household in Portugal the place, due to his abduction, he could be given a a lot softer sentence
Lead actor, Hugo Fernandes, is a French actor of Portuguese origin, who beforehand starred in Danièle Thompson’s “Cezanne and Me.”
It’s a Portuguese-German co-production between O Som e a Fúria and Augenschein Filmproduktion, run by Jonas Katzenstein and Maximilian Leo. It additionally entails German and Portuguese pubcasters ZDF/Arte and RTP, and has help from the Portuguese Movie and Audiovisual Institute, ICA, the Portuguese cash-rebate scheme, Eurimages, NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia), DFFF (German Federal Movie Fund) and Inventive Europe. France’s 10:15 Productions was additionally concerned within the venture.
Urbano says that the involvement of ZDF within the venture was essential to carry the opposite companions on board. The exteriors and interiors in Paris have been primarily filmed in Cologne, with two scenes shot in Paris.
“Technoboss” by João Nicolau (“John From,” “The Sword and the Rose”), stars famend 71-year previous Portuguese cultural supervisor Miguel Lobo Antunes who performs an eccentric gross sales supervisor about to retire who reignites a ardour with an previous flame, Lucinda.
Nicolau, educated as a visible anthropologist, can be a musician, member of the bands München and Silence is a Boy, and coordinator of the creative musical venture, Secret Museum of Mankind. He says that “Technoboss” is a movie spent on the highway with out being a highway film and is stuffed with songs with out being a musical.
Co-produced with France’s Shellac Sud – one in every of Urbano’s key coproduction companions – the pic is backed by ICA, RTP and France’s CNC.
Ira Sachs’ “Frankie,” starring Isabelle Huppert and Marisa Tomei, is majority co-produced by France’s Stated Ben Stated. It’s a few household in disaster throughout a day spent on trip in Sintra, close to Lisbon.
The $2.four million pic is Ira Sachs’ first non-US venture, and was utterly lensed in Sintra, with a wholly Portuguese crew and benefited from Portugal’s new cash-rebate scheme.
18th century historic drama “Pedro” by Brazilian helmer Laís Bodanzky (“Brainstorm”) follows Pedro who, after renouncing his place as Emperor of Brazil, sails to the Azores archipelago, on his manner again to Portugal to combat for the throne.
The $three million pic is co-produced with Brazil’s Biônica Filmes, Buriti and Globo, and stars well-known Brazilian actor, Cauã Reymond, as Pedro. It has help from Portugal’s ICA, Brazil’s ANCINE, and the Luso-Brazilian Fund and Ibermedia.
Urbano’s upcoming tasks embody Miguel Gomes’ subsequent function, Selvajaria (Savagery), which is able to shoot in 2020 in Bahia, Brazil. It’s a free adaptation of “Os Sertões”, by Euclides da Cunha, a seminal work in Brazilian literature.
“Projeto International”, by Ivo M. Ferreira, who directed “Letters from Battle” (2016) and has simply accomplished crime drama sequence “South,” is in regards to the far-left terrorist group, FP 25 de Abril, which operated in Portugal through the first half of the 1980s. João Nicolau is prepping a documentary in regards to the John Frum ritual in Vanuatu, Melanesia, South Pacific, having beforehand explored this ritual in his 2015 function movie, “John From.”
Urbano can be planning the debut function of visible artist Salomé Lamas titled “Gold and Ashes,” following her shorts, “No Man’s Land” and “Eldorado XXI,” which screened within the Berlinale Discussion board in 2013 and 2016, and “Coup de Grâce” which screened in official competitors in 2017.
Urbano concludes by explaining his modus operandi as a producer: “My artistic intervention is inevitably delicate. It’s associated to the challenges and restrictions that come up and learn how to overcome them with out sacrificing the director’s imaginative and prescient. I are likely to say that I’ve a sure schizophrenia, with one foot in actuality and the opposite within the actuality of cinema.”