Wednesday, January 27, 2010

IMPORTANT UPDATE: La Casa Muda (The Silent House)

A short while ago, I published a post about an upcoming Uruguayan horror movie called La Casa Muda (The Silent House). The producer, Gustavo Rojo, had e-mailed the information directly to me, so I passed it on to you guys.

Well, a few days later, I received another e-mail, this time from someone claiming to be Eric Paquette, a Senior Vice President at Sony Pictures' Screen Gems. He said that he is a "big fan" of my blog, and "read with interest" my post on La Casa Muda. He asked if I could put him in touch with the director, for a possible business opportunity.

I'm of the skeptical sort, so I wasn't sure if this was on the up and up. I e-mailed Mr. Paquette back and told him that I felt that it was not my place to give out Gustavo's e-mail address, but that I would forward his e-mail onto him. Which I did, telling Gustavo that this guy appeared legit based on some rudimentary research, but that I could guarantee nothing.

Gustavo then e-mailed me back, thanking me for the contact and saying that he was "expecting good news".

Cut to yesterday, and there is yet another e-mail from Gustavo Rojo in my Hotmail account, this one titled "Hollywood is waiting for THE SILENT HOUSE (LA CASA MUDA)!!!‏"  Here is the business part of the e-mail in its entirety for your perusal.
"A few days after the Spanish Teaser Trailer was released, executives from some of the most important production company of Hollywood have shown interest in seeing it once it is finished and acquire the rights. The film is still at audio post production, and is expected to be finished in march. "The silent house" teaser trailer with English subtitles has come. Perhaps we may see the remake soon!!!

The film is directed by Gustavo Hernandez, photographed by Pedro Luque (renown for his worldwide success in “Ataque de Pánico”) and produced by Gustavo Rojo, at an amazingly low budget which amounts to U$ 6000. “The silent house” digs deeply into the unexplored subject of psychological terror, and the story runs through a terrifying story through a single continuous shot. This makes the film unique in the audiovisual market since it was filmed with a SLR digital, to be more precise, a Canon EOS 5D Mark. The film is therefore the first one in Latin America and the second one in the world to have been filmed by a photograph camera. This makes it the first film of horror in the world to have been filmed with this particular narrative language.

To be filmed in one single shot implies that the sequence is filmed in one go, without cuts, and the camera movements need a prior careful and meticulous planning which leads the viewer to share each one of the experiences of the character.

Laura ( Florencia Colucci) and her father ( Gustavo Alonso) settle down in a cottage which seems to be off the beaten track in order to update it since its owner ( Abel Tripaldi) will soon put the house on sale. They will spend the night there in order to start the repairs the following morning. Everything seems to go on smoothly until Laura hears a sound that comes from outside and gets louder and louder in the upper floor of the house. Wilson goes up to see what is going on while she remains downstairs on her own waiting for her father to come down. The plot is based on a true story that happened some time ago in a small village in Uruguay. “La Casa Muda” focuses on the last seventy eight minutes, second by second, when Laura intends to leave the house which hides an obscure secret and she hopes to leave unharmed.

REAL FEAR IN REAL TIME, this is the most remarkable underlying feature of the film which will not go unnoticed by all those who may be willing to experience this different and disturbing filming experience."

 Forgiving the inevitable language barrier, I have to say that I'm quite intrigued by this film and glad to be a part of it from the Ground Floor, as it were, and that my little blog may end up playing some small part in its future success.

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