Coverage of International Sales Agents (ISAs) has resumed for the Toronto International Film Festival. This segment covers inspirational companies that have officially selected films in the festival. SydneysBuzz features ISAs, as they play an instrumental and necessary role in helping filmmakers to share their visions and voices with the world.
FiGa Films is based in Los Angeles, California and focuses on sharing current Latin American cinema with the world. It has two world premiers at TIFF this year, including “Sand Dollars” and “Obra”. It will also be the North American premier of FiGa’s “Los Hongos”.
More About FiGa’s films at TIFF:
“Sand Dollars”, by Laura Amelia Guzman
Every afternoon Noelí, a young Dominican girl, goes to the beaches at Las Terrenas. Along with her boyfriend, they look for ways to make a living at the expense of one of the hundreds of tourists that wander the beach.
As people parade through her life, Noelí has a steady client, Anne, a mature French woman who, as time goes by, has found an ideal refuge on the island to spend her last years.
Noelí’s boyfriend feigns to be her brother and outlines a plan in which Noelí travels to Paris with the old lady and sends him money every month.
For Noelí, the relationship with the old lady is one of convenience, but the feelings become more intense as the departure date closes in.
“Obra”, by Gregorio Graziosi
In the heavily populated city of São Paulo, Brazil, a young architect discovers a clandestine cemetery walking through the worksite of his first important project, located in a lot belonging to his family. As terrible memories float back, he must struggle with his conscience and question his own heritage.
“Los Hongos”, by Oscar Ruiz Navia
During the day Ras is a construction worker. At night after work he tags the walls of his neighborhood east of Cali. Ras can’t sleep and is constantly daydreaming. His mother, Maria, a sweet woman who migrated to the city from the jungle on the Pacific side of Colombia, worries that her son has been bewitched and will end up insane.
One day Ras is fired from his job for stealing several cans of paint, which he is using to create a huge mural on the lot next to his house. Without a dime to help his mother, he searches the city for his best friend Calvin, another young graffiti artist, who studies fine arts but is having difficulty since his parents’ divorce and his grandmother’s recurring cancer.
Like a couple of mushrooms, Ras and Calvin will sprout and wander aimlessly through the city on a journey of no return, infecting the world around them with immense freedom and hope.
See FiGa’s catalogue here.
More about FiGa Films:
FiGa Films is an international sales agency, production, and distribution company established in 2006. Our initial focus was to acquire the best of the “new” Latin American cinema. It still is. We have since expanded to include works from North America, Europe, and Africa. Our library, now consisting of over 60 films, runs the gamut of styles and themes by established, as well as up-and-coming, filmmakers.
We treat every project, big or small, with the same passion and commitment as the filmmakers. We start early, from placing the film in the right festival, to its ultimate sale and release in major territories around the world. Whether it’s theatrical, TV, online, museums or universities, our goal is to make sure the largest audience possible gets to see these amazing films.
We are proud of our reputation for launching careers and finding exciting and bold works of art to an appreciative audience.