Elephant Eye Films has made its first narrative acquisition, swooping on North American rights to Sebastian Silva’s Chilean filmLa Nana(The Maid) following its award winningpremiere at Sundance.
La Nana will premiere in the autumn and stars Catalina Saavedra as a longstanding family maid who takes increasingly desperate measures to secure her place when the family brings in extra help.
Silva and Pedro Peirano wrote the screenplay and Gregorio Gonzalez served as executive producer.
The film won the Sundance dramatic world cinema grand jury prize and a special jury prize for Saavedra. It has gone on to screen at the Miami International Film Festival, the Fribourg International Film Festival and the Guadalajara International Film Festival and most recently screened to sold out audiences at New Directors/New Films.
‘We are proud and thrilled to be working on Sebastian Silva’s film,’ Elephant Eye Films’ Kim Jose said. ‘Sebastian has a unique and beautiful way of telling a story - he is truly a new and exciting voice that expresses humour in the face of sadness quite effortlessly.’
Jose and fellow principal Dave Robinson brokered the deal with Sam Eigen from Shoreline Entertainment.
Elephant Eye’s documentary releases include Planet B-Boy and Billy The Kid.