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UTA has signed two Latin American filmmakers, Fellipe Barbosa and Santiago Mitre, both of whom have films playing at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Brazilian helmer Barbosa directed Gabriel and the Mountain, which is playing in the Critics’ Week section. The drama follows a man named Gabriel who decides to travel the world for one year and ends up in Africa, where he disappears in Malawi. Barbosa’s previous credits include Casa Grande, which he directed and co-wrote, and Laura, which won best documentary honors at the 2011 Hamptons Film Festival.
Argentine helmer Mitre’s The Summit (La Cordillera) is playing in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes. In the pic, Ricardo Darin plays the president of Argentina, who finds himself trapped between politics and his personal life. The political thriller also stars Christian Slater. Mitre’s previous credits include El Amor – Primera Parte (Love Part One), which he co-wrote and co-directed. He also wrote Leonera (Lion’s Den), Carancho, Elefante Blanco (White Elephant) and wrote and directed El Estudiante (The Student). Mitre also wrote, directed and produced Paulina, which played during Critics’ Week at Cannes, where it won the Grand Prize and the FIPRESCI Prize in 2015. It also received 10 nominations from the Premio Sur Awards, the Argentine equivalent of the Oscars.
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