Argentina’s FilmSharks Intl.’s, the country’s best-known international sales agents, has boarded the upcoming animated feature, “Dalia and the Red Book.” The company’s announced involvement is no surprise after the international success it achieved with director David Bisbano’s 2013 feature “A Mouse Tale.” In addition to handling international distribution, FilmShark’s Guido Rud will also executive produce the film.
Rud’s announcement corresponds with the start of Ventana Sur, Latin America’s biggest film market. This year the festival has once again teamed with the Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival and Mifa market to hold pitching sessions for animated projects. It has also added a Work in Progress section, which includes “Dalia,” which is looking to secure further international co-producers.
Argentina’s Vista Sur and Peru’s Golem Studios have partnered as co-producers since the film’s inception. Last year, the two companies jointly released an animated short, “The Drum and the Shadow,” made as a means of perfecting the techniques they are now using on “Dalia.”
In the film, a recently-disappeared famous writer leaves his daughter, Dalia, with a mission to finish his final work. To this end, Dalia will enter the Red book and face the characters that have taken over the story in their eagerness to become protagonists. Bisbano talked with Variety about the project
It started with an idea that you create a story that will talk about books and stories. Then gradually started to include characters, especially Cabra, a character that I had created long before, but was never able to include in a story. Then Dalia appeared and the story became a question. What happens to those characters that we create but then discard? That never reach the book, the script …? Writing “Dalia and the Red Book” took me a long time. Longer than any other script I’ve done. I wanted to tell a great adventure of creation and, at the same time, have many narrative layers that were there for different viewers of different ages.