Produced by Catalina Vergara (Globo Rojo) and directed by Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña, this new film from the creative duo, named Los Ángeles (The Angels) will arrive in Venice for one of the most important financing markets: the Venice gap financing market.
Between September 3 and 5, the producer and directors will have the chance to secure international financing agreements with potential backers from around the world. The event is intended for fiction or documentary feature film projects that have 70 percent of their budget and with distribution potential in the theatrical circuit.
Los Ángeles has the financial support of the Huber Bals Fund, Corfo, and the Audiovisual production Fund. Thus, its main mission at the event will be to find European producer partners and sales agents.
What is Los Ángeles about?
Los Ángeles is a science fiction thriller with the look of a movie made in the 1940s and whose action takes place in a dystopian Chile in 2020. In this setting, Dalia León (Antonia Giesen) is a police officer from ‘Andinia’, the name given to Chile after being annexed to the United States.
After the death of her father, and while fighting against rebels against the empire, Dalia discovers an underground inhabited by her past, a group of magical beings who prepare a revolution against the empire, and conspiracies that go beyond her own understanding and force her to make decisions that will change the course of history.
"The film will be a mixture of acting, animation, puppets, models, and other things. The story is inspired both by the tradition of science fiction cinema as well as the symbolic world of Miguel Serrano, a Chilean poet, ambassador, and nazi who lived during much of the twentieth century and part of the twenty-first,” said Cociña.
La Casa Lobo (The Wolf House) and the media impact
León and Cociña have extensive experience in the world of visual arts. In the world of cinema, they have worked with auteurs such as Nilles Atallah (Rey (King), Rotterdam, 2017), creating particular content with an aesthetic that differentiates it from any other animation work in Chile.
La Casa Lobo (The Wolf House) (Berlinale, 2018) was the film that ultimately put them on the map internationally, which was undoubtedly due to its construction that interspersed different artistic techniques to make it an unforgettable film.
This year the film - which recounts the human rights abuses carried out by former Nazi military officer Paul Schafer in Colonia Dignidad - was ranked sixth in the ranking of the 10 best animated films in history by the media outlet IGN, putting it in the company of films like Toy Story and Fantasia. A great recognition, putting the eyes of world audiences on the upcoming work of this dynamic duo.
“We don't really feel pressured. Each project we have done has meant a new step that has opened many doors for us,” León said. "We know we can't do La Casa Lobo, nor would we really be interested in that. Los Angeles is a big challenge for us, and we like that. We pressure ourselves, with a sense of humor and lightness, to make the best version of ourselves in a film. And if it doesn't work out, we'll do a third one," said Cociña.