Miravista, the joint co production venture between The Walt Disney Company Latin America and Telefonica Spain's Admira, has boarded two Brazilian projects currently in post, 1972 and O Caminho Das Nuvens (A Walk In The Clouds).
According to Miravista manager Fernando Lagier, who is based in Disney's regional headquarters in Buenos Aires, the company is mulling other projects in the region, including a Mexican/Brazilian co production.
The company has come in as a minority partner (estimated at 30% each) in both Brazilian projects. In contrast, Miravista's first project, Mexican romantic comedy Ladies Night, is a 100% Miravista production. Ladies Night, still in post, is directed by Gabriella Tagliavini and written by Issa Lopez.
Disney's film distribution arm Buena Vista International took worldwide distribution rights to 1972 soon after shooting began in Rio de Janeiro and Miravista followed suit as a co producer.
The romantic comedy is newcomer Emilio Rondeau's ode to the advent of Brazilian rock music during the military dictatorship in Brazil in the early 1970s. It is the first film produced by Pacific Sense, the Los Angeles-based production company formed by Rondeau and his wife Ana Maria Bahiana.
Leading Brazilian production house LC Barreto produces O Caminho Das Nuvens, the directorial debut of art director Vicente Amorin. Director Bruno Barreto serves as executive producer. Amorin has worked for Barreto, Hector Babenco, Carlos Diegues and other notable Brazilian directors.
The drama includes Wagner Mora who starred in Diegues' God Is Brazilian and Babenco's Carandiru, and Claudia Abreu who starred in Barreto's Four Days In September.