María Elena Wood

Source: CinemaChile

María Elena Wood

Mexico-based director Alex Balassa, who garnered a non-scripted Emmy nomination for 2010 project The Expedition, is gearing up to make his debut feature Dear Eszter as a Chile-Germany co-production.

It is being produced by Chilean producer María Elena Wood, whose credits include Sundance winner Violeta Went To Heaven, and Germany’s Bastian Griese of Germany’s MMC Studio, best known for Amelie.

Dear Eszter is being presented in the Producers Pitching Their Projects, at the European Film Market this week.

Inspired by the life of Balassa’s grandmother is about a woman who seeks to alleviate the pain of her sister’s murder by becoming an interpreter between two lovers a Chilean mechanic who loves poetry and a cellist working as a janitor in the Budapest Post Office.

The co-production between Chile and Germany has been shaped under the new Chile-German Co-production Agreement which was signed at the Berlinale earlier this week.