'Aloft' Director Claudia Llosa to Helm 'Fever Dream' for Netflix

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Argentinean writer Samanta Schweblin will adapt her own novel for the screen together with Llosa, director of the Oscar-nominated drama 'The Milk of Sorrow.'

Acclaimed Peruvian director Claudia Llosa (Aloft, The Milk of Sorrow) has signed on to adapt the novel Fever Dream as a feature film for Netflix.

Based on the book Distancia de Rescate by Samanta Schweblin, Fever Dream tells a kind of ghost story, set in a sleepy community in rural Argentina. A woman named Amanda is dying in a clinic in a town where she's gone on vacation. As she dies, a child named David interrogates her about the events leading up to her sickness. What follows is a haunting, hallucinatory tale of broken souls, toxins, looming environmental and spiritual catastrophes, and the ties that bind a parent to a child. Schweblin will co-write the script for the movie adaptation with Llosa.

“The film will portray the love and fear surrounding motherhood through a complex feminine prism,” Llosa said in a statement. “I am very happy to return to film in South America, and I’m very grateful to Netflix for having been enthusiastic about this project from the beginning. I feel like I could not have gotten better travel companions for this project, one that speaks of a local problem that touches the whole world.”

Schweblin's magic realist style seems tailor-made for Llosa, who had her international breakthrough with The Milk of Sorrow, which explored the history of violence and institutional racism in Peru through an almost fairy-tale-like story of the rituals and superstitions of village life. The film won the Golden Bear in Berlin in 2009 and went on to become the first-ever Peruvian film to be nominated for an Oscar.

Llosa's follow-up, Aloft, swapped the mountains of Peru for the icy tundra of northern Canada, in a story of a mother (Jennifer Connelly), who encounters the son she abandoned 20 years before.

Oscar- and Emmy-winning producer Mark Johnson (Rain Man, Breaking Bad) and Tom Williams will produce Fever Dream for Johnson’s Gran Via Productions, working in conjunction with Juan and Pablo Larrain’s Fabula Productions. Shooting is set to start in Chile in early 2019.