Uruguay’s official submission to the Academy Awards, Alvaro Brecchner’s directorial feature debut “Bad Day to Go Fishing,” has been acquired by Film Movement for North American distribution. The Spanish language film will be available on DVD and premiere on Cable VOD in February, 2011.
Winner of Best First Film at the Los Angeles Latino Film Festival, “Fishing” follows Jacob van Oppen, a washed-up alcoholic who was the former strongest man on earth, and Orsini, his crafty manager. The two make a living by traveling around small South American towns, staging wresting exhibitions in run-down theaters.
“‘Bad Day To Go Fishing’ is yet another example of not just how fertile the Uruguayan film industry is, but also how varied,” said Film Movement President Adley Gartenstein in a statement. “Director Alvaro Brechner displays an original, personal style, bringing us a beautifully shot story that’s both touching and suspenseful, and quite different from the recent work of his compatriots. We are delighted to once again be championing the cinema from this small South American country, and bringing this new voice to North American audiences.”
The deal was negotiated between Gartenstein and Bavaria Film International’s Stefanie Zeitler.