Urban Flies With Vollalobos’ Comedy ‘Feathers’

Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell

Frederic Corvez’s Paris-based Urban Distribution Intl. (UDI) has boardes “Por las plumas” (“All About the Feathers”), one of five projects being presented at a work-in-progress showcase for buzz Latin American titles.

UDI will rep the pic in international markets. The spotlight section — the first hosted by the Cannes Film Market — was organized in partnership with the Bafici Buenos Aires Lab (BAL), which took place in April (see story, page 16).

Costa-Rican first-timer helmer Neto Villalobos’ feel-good comedy “Feathers” turns on a bored security guard’s budding bromance with his rooster. The project won BAL’s Sinsistema post-production prize and Miami’s Encuentros. “Feather”s is produced by Costa Rica-based La Sucia.

Urban Distribution’s Urban Factory, is set to co-produce €2.5 million ($3.2 million) werewolf horror-fantasy, “As boas maneiras” (“Good Manners”), helmed by Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas, the Brazilians behind Un Certain Regard-preeming “Hard Labor”. Urban Distribution Intl. will handle sales. “Manners” is produced by Brazil’s Dezenove.

Urban Factory is also co-producing Israeli helmer Amir Manor’s $1.6 million “The House on Fin Street,” a gritty romance-drama set in the world of prostitution, which is being presented at the Cannes’ Atelier. Urban Distribution Intl. will handle international sales. “Street” is produced by Israel’s 2-team.

At Cannes, Urban Distribution has Critics’ Week closer “3X3D,” comprising three shorts helmed by Jean-Luc Godard, Peter Greenaway and Edgar Pera.

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