Freestyle Digital Media Acquires Global VOD Rights to Alfredo Castro’s “My Tender Matador”

Alfredo Castro’s latest project is going global…

Freestyle Digital Media has acquired international VOD rights to My Tender Matador, starring the 65-year-old Chilean actor.

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The Spanish, LGBTQ-influenced romantic drama had its world premiere at Venice Days in 2020.

It’s directed by Rodrigo Sepúlveda and co-written by Sepúlveda and Juan Elias Tovar, based on the novel by Pedro Lemebel and will hit digital outlets on June 4.

Set amid the turmoil of 1980s Chile, a passionate relationship flourishes between a lonely transvestite and a young guerrilla during the Pinochet dictatorship.

In addition Castro, the film also stars Leonardo Ortizgris and Julieta Zylberberg.

Guatemala Enters Jayro Bustamante’s “La Llorona” Into International Oscar Race

Jayro Bustamante could be bringing the horror to the Oscars…

The 43-year-old Guatemalan film director and screenwriter’s politically charged horror film La Llorona, which won the Venice Days sidebar at last year’s Venice Film Festival, is Guatemala’s selection to the 2021 International Oscar race.

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It’s the second film by Bustamante to get his country’s Academy Awards submission, after his debut feature Ixcanul in 2015.

His latest film fuses the Latin American Llorona myth and modern reality in an exposé of the genocidal atrocities against the Mayan community in Guatemala.

The plot delves into magical realism as it follows Enrique (Julio Diaz), a retired general who oversaw the Mayan genocide and is haunted by his devastating crimes, and possibly a wrathful supernatural force that is targeting him and his family.

Rigoberta Menchú Tum, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and survivor of the atrocities, also appears in the film.

The film, which had its U.S. bow this year at the Sundance Film Festival ahead of its August 6 premiere on Shudder, currently has a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Guatemala has yet to be nominated for the International Feature Film Oscar.

Jayro Bustamante Wins Venice Days Director Award for “La Llorona”

Jayro Bustamante is celebrating a big win…

The Guatamalan director’s genocide revenge drama La Llorona, set during the 1960s civil war in his country, has won the Venice Days Director Award, the top nod in Venice’s independently run section.

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This is the second feature by Bustamante, who put Guatemalan cinema on the map with his debut, Ixcanul

The film takes its cue from the acquittal of a former Guatemalan general whose initial sentence is overturned on a procedural pretext. This unleashes a vengeful supernatural spirit upon his household.

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Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz presided over the jury formed by 28 young European movie buffs. They praised the film for being “an intimate ghost story told through a vivid female character.”

The award comes with a cash prize of $22,000, which is split equally between the director and the film’s international distributor, in this case Film Factory Entertainment.