The Open Reel deals on the acquisition of Brief Story from the Green Planet (Breve historia del planeta verde), 10th feature film directed by Santiago Loza and selected in the Panorama Section at the 69 Berlin Interational Film Festival.
An Argentina/Germany/Brazil/Spain co-production, Brief Story from the Green Planet, is produced by Constanza Sanz Palacios (Constanza Sanz Palacios Films), with Paulo de Carvalho and Gudula Meinzolt (Autentika Films), Ángeles Hernández and David Matamoros (Zentroopa Spain), and Luana Melgaço (Anavilhana), with the support, among others, of the World Cinema and the Found and the Hubert Bals Fund.
Starring Romina Escobar, Paul Grinszpan, Luis Soda, Elvira Onetto, Pablo Cura, Anabella Bacigalupo and Leo Kildare Louback.
BRIEF STORY FROM THE GREEN PLANET
Tania is a trans girl who performs at discos in Buenos Aires. Pedro is a young creature of the night, a voguing dancer. Daniela works as a waitress and deals with a break-up that’s left her in deep melancholia. The three of them are close friends. When Tania receives the news that her grandmother has passed away, she returns to their hometown with her two friends to take care of the house she’s left her as an inheritance. But she finds out that an Alien has accompanied her grandmother during her last years, keeping her company. The grandma asks Tania to return the creature to the place where it appeared the first time. Tania, Pedro and Daniela begin a journey looking for that unknown place. But when Tania begins to feel sick and the road gets tough, they will have to look inside of themselves to overcome their fears and prove their true friendship so they can accomplish their mission before it is too late for the Alien and maybe for Tania.
Santiago Loza was born in 1971, in Córdoba, Argentina. Director, Playwright and Writer. He studied at the Cinema School of the National Institute of Cinematography and at the Municipal School of Dramatic Art. His films have appeared in numerous festivals, obtaining multiple national and international awards. His first feature film, Strange (2003) won in 2003 the Tiger Award, Best Picture, at the Rotterdam Film Festival, as well as the Best Argentine Film Award at Bafici in the same year, among others. He wrote his second feature Four Women Barefoot (2005) at the Residence of the Cannes Film Festival. He made the experimental film Artic (2008), and the documentary Rosa Patria (2009) for which he won the special prize of the jury of the Argentine Competition in Bafici 2009. His feature film The Invention of Flesh (2009) took part in the Official Selection of the 2009 Locarno Festival. The Lips (2010), co-directed with Ivan Fund, participated in the section Un Certain Regard, of the Official Selection of the Cannes Festival of 2010 and won the prize ‘Best Director’ in Bafici’s Argentine Competition 2010. He presented La paz (2013) in the Forum of the Festival of Berlin and was winner of Best Film in Bafici 2013. In 2014 he presents Si je suis perdu, c’est pas grave (2014) film made under the Chantiers Nomades of France and creates the TV series Twelve Houses, issued by Argentinian Public Television. He was jury at the Festivals of Lima, Bafici, Sanfic, Toulouse, Cannes, among others. He also works as a scriptwriter and writes for theater having received the national prizes TRINIDAD GUEVARA, THEATERS OF THE WORLD, KONEX and nominations to the prizes FLORENCIO SANCHEZ and MARÍA GUERRERO. In 2018 he published his first novel El hombre que duerme a mi lado with Tusquets publishing house. His previous film Malambo, the Good Man (2018) was presented in the Panorama of the Festival of Berlin in 2018.