Guachicolero Press Release

Mexican crime drama ‘Guachicolero’ begins shoot

EXCLUSIVE: AMP International handles sales on Edgar Nito co-production.

Shoot is underway in the outskirts of Irapuato, Mexico, on crime drama Guachicolero, the debut feature of shorts director Edgar Nito. Nito and Alfredo Mendoza’s script tracks the corruption and downfall of a young man who teams up with local gangsters making a living extracting gasoline from government pipelines.

Joshua Sobel (Are We Not Cats), Annick Mahnert (78/52) and Victor Léycegui (En La Sangre) will serve as producers on the co-production between Mexico, US, UK and France.

The film is executive produced by Bob Portal, Sonia Lowe and Inderpal Singh of Alliance Media Partners who will handle world sales under the AMP International banner.

Eduardo Banda will star (pictured with Nito) supported by Fernando Becerril (The Mask of Zorro), Regina Reynoso (While the Wolf’s Away), Leonardo Alonso (Sin Nombre) and Pascacio Lopez (On Childhood).

“Nito is endowed with that rare formula of artistic flair, edge and talent we’re keen on supporting.” said Lowe.

Mahnert added: “We always wanted to produce Edgar’s debut feature ever since we saw his thesis film, Masacre en San Jose. His vision and understanding of the filmic language blew our minds”.

Screen Daily – Andreas Wiseman

Guachi_SDPhoto © Joshua Sobel 


’78/52′ @ HotDocs

We’re very proud to announce that 78/52 will be playing at the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival on May 4th and May 5th.

Hot Docs was founded in 1993 by the Documentary Organization of Canada (formerly the Canadian Independent Film Caucus), a national association of independent documentary filmmakers. In 1996, Hot Docs became a separately incorporated organization with a mandate to showcase and support the work of Canadian and international documentary filmmakers and to promote excellence in documentary production.

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Guachicolero starts shooting

Shooting has started on Edgar Nito’s first feature Guachicolero. Shot in the outskirts of Irapuato (Mexico) and produced by Screen Division together with Nobody S.A.P.I. (Mexico) and Joshua Sobel (USA), Guachicolero tells the dramatic tale of a teenager who gets embroiled with local criminals, with tragic consequences.


’78/52′ @ SIFF

78/52 will be playing at the San Francisco International Film Festival on April 8th and 10th. The film will screen in the section ‘Dark Wave’.

From the Festival’s page:

“Taking a deep dive into Hitchcock’s shower scene in Psycho (1960), director Alexandre O. Philippe marshals a splendid assemblage of commentators and footage to discuss its lasting effect. Beginning with Janet Leigh’s stand-in Marli Renfro and including directors (Peter Bogdanovich, Guillermo del Toro, Eli Roth), editors (Walter Murch), composers (Danny Elfman), and actors (Elijah Wood, Jamie Lee Curtis), 78/52 dissects the technical mastery of the sequence, some of its surprises and revelations, and why it continues to affect people to this day.”


Dearest Sister wins Special Jury Award

Last Saturday, our little Lao-French-Estonian production won the Special Jury Award Orient Express at the Fantasporto Film Festival in Oporto, Portugal. The film was competing against masters such as Na Hong Jin, Jee-Woon Kim or Kim Ki Duk. It’s an absolute honor and a huge surprise!

We are very grateful to the festival selection committee for having selected the film and to the Jury of the Orient Express section for awarding Dearest Sister.



Festival selection – Dearest Sister

We are extremely proud to announce that Dearest Sister will screen at the prestigious Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara in Mexico as part of the Galas de Industria. The festival celebrates its 32dn edition this year.

“In our Industry Galas we offer films that promote the cinematography in their place of origin and/or have contributed to the growth of the film business .” – FICG

The festival takes place March 10-17, 2017.

FICG Dearest Sister

International Premiere – ’78/52′

78/52, the documentary directed by Alexandre O. Philippe which world premiered at Sundance last January, will have its International Premiere at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival on March 5th.

An unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, the “Man behind the Curtain,” and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema. This delightful, min-bending documentary doesn’t address solely to film buffs, but to anyone who loves hidden details and wild reasoning, and read between the lines and the (52) cuts.


Festival selection – Dearest Sister

We are very pleased to announce that Dearest Sister will be screening at the 7th edition of the Cambodia International Film Festival on March 4th and March 5th.

“Year after year, CIFF has become a Cambodian can’t-miss event for filmmakers and cinema lovers. In 2017, it expands and diversifies its program and consolidates its established reputation. It is a great honor to announce that Mrs Angelina Jolie will pursue her support for Cambodian artists by taking on the honorary position of Patron of the Cambodia International Film Festival.

This year’s Festival will feature more than 160 screenings and events from over 40 countries. Asian creativity widely features; including world and international Premieres and an increased number of quality Cambodian films. This year also a special tribute celebrating world acclaimed Czech master Milos Forman’s early work, a special Panorama of Lao Cinema and insight into love in French Cinema”.



’78/52′ @ FIFF in Switzerland

78/52 will celebrate its Swiss Premiere at the Fribourg International Film Festival next April. The film will screen in the section ‘Decryption’.

From the Festival’s page:

Every year FIFF’s themed section aims to find high-quality films that have slipped under the radar of distributors and other festivals. After themes such as The Image of the Islam in the Occident (2012) and Can you laugh about anything? (2015), it turned out that, over the last few months, an unusual number of excellent productions dedicated to cinema itself have emerged. The decline of celluloid has changed the nature of the medium, as well as how films are produced, enjoyed and archived. In the midst of this major shift, some filmmakers are demonstrating the cultural and social importance of cinema by exploring the past: the Swiss-American Alexandre O. Philippe will present his documentary 78/52 as a Swiss premiere, fresh from its screening at Sundance: a 90-minute film that passionately unpacks the famous shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.