New Wave Films has picked up Cannes Directors’ Fortnight title 1976 for UK-Ireland distribution from Paris-based sales agent Luxbox.
The drama is the directorial debut of Chilean actor Manuela Martelli. An upper middle-class woman has a secret awakening during the early years of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s regime, and gets drawn into the political opposition when she is asked by the family priest to take care of an injured man who is in hiding.
A theatrical release is planned for the end of 2022/early 2023.
Chilean writer-directors Omar Zuniga and Dominga Sotomayor produced for Cinestación with Alejandra Garcia and Andres Wood for Wood Producciones. Nathalia Videla Peña and Juan Pablo Gugliotta for Magma Cine served as co-producers.
Aline Kuppenheim stars alongside Nicolás Sepúlveda, Hugo Medina and Alejandro Goic.
As previously announced, the drama has been picked up by Kino Lorber for North American distribution. The tile has been renamed Chile 1976 for the territory.
This is the second Chilean film from Cannes that New Wave has acquired, after Patricio Guzmán’s France-Chile documentary My Imaginary Country from the Cannes Special section.