By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire August 23, 2012 at 4:58PM
Film Movement has acquired the debut of Argentinean filmmaker Benjamin Ávila, “Clandestine Childhood” (“Infancia Clandestina”), which screened in the Director’s Fortnight sidebar at Cannes in May. After showings at the San Sebastian and Toronto film festivals, the film will open day and date on VOD and in theaters in New York in November.
Based on fact, the Spanish-language drama shows the hidden lives of political militants during the last military dictatorship in Argentina through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy that has just returned from exile with his family. Luis Puenzo produced.
“There have been many films made about this time in Argentinean history, but Benjamin Avila’s visceral debut infuses a warmth and humor and overall humanity into this political story that reveal a very personal point of view we have not found before,” said Film Movement VP of acquisitions and distribution Rebeca Conget. “The use of animation to diffuse the most violent scenes is brilliant, and the ending won’t leave anyone unmoved.”
Film Movement execs Adley Gartenstein and Conget negotiated the deal with Lucero Garzon of Pyramide International.
New York-based Film Movement has recently released “The Off Hours,” “Prairie Love,” “Helena From the Wedding” and “Teddy Bear.”