We are incredibly proud to announce that not one but TWO of our feature films will be having their world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2017. Both ‘I Dream in another language’ by Ernesto Contreras AND ‘Don’t Swallow my heart, Alligator Girl’ made the cut to be selected for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.
Brazilian feature film ‘Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!’ is a tale about love & war, telling the story of Joca, a Brazilian boy who falls in love with a Paraguayan girl at the border of their two countries. To fight for this love, Joca will have to face the violent memories of his city and the secrets of his elder brother, Fernando, a local motorcycle cowboy.
With this film, Felipe Bragança is making his debut as solo feature film director. His previous film ‘The Joy’. co-directed with Marina Meliande premiered in 2010 at the Directors Fortnight in Cannes. ‘Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!’ was supported by the Dutch Hubert Bals Fund, music was composed by Dutch talent Baris Akardere (aka Sotu the Traveller).
The film was produced by Duas Mariola Filmes (Brazil) and co-produced by Globo Filmes (Brazil), Revolver Amsterdam (Netherlands), Damned Films (France) and Mutuca Filmes (Brazil).
Mexican film ‘I Dream in Another Language’ tells the story of young linguist who travels to the jungle of Mexico to research and save a mysterious indigenous language. A language, as he discovers, at the point of disappearing ever since the last two speakers had a fight over fifty years ago and refuse to speak a word with each other.
The film is based on an original idea by Revolver Amsterdam and was developed with the support of the MEDIA program. The script was developed at the Binger Filmlab and Jeruzalem Film Lab as well as the Sundance Screenwriting Lab where it was awarded the prestigious Sundance-Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award. We produced the film alongside Mexican producers Luis Albores of Agencia SHA and Monica Lozano of Alebrije Cine y Video (known for films such as ‘Amores Perros’)
‘I Dream in Another Language’ was directed by the talented Ernesto Contreras from Mexico, who with his debut ‘Blue Eyelids’ was selected for the Cannes Film Festival as well as the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Award.
Over the last three decades the Sundance Film Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking feature films, including Boyhood, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Whiplash. See you in Park City!!
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