Pluto Film Swoops on Berlin Panorama’s ‘One in a Thousand’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety | 1/9/2020 | John Hopewell
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MADRID — Berlin-based Pluto Film has acquired international sales rights to “Las Mil y Una” (“One in a Thousand”), the second feature by Argentina’s Clarisa Navas and one of the first titles ti be announced for the Panorama section of this year’s Berlinale.

A world premiere at the Berlinale, “One in a Thousand” marks the latest production by Diego Dubcovsky, whose credits take in foundation movies of the so-called New Argentine Cinema (“Garaje Olimpo”) to multiple hits from Daniel Burman such as Berlin double Silver Bear winner “The Lost Embrace,” and features by Walter Salles (“The Motorcycle Diaries”), Cesc Gay (“Truman”), Benjamín Naishtat (“The Movement”) and Diego Lerman (“Meanwhile”).

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Also written by Navas, “One in a Thousand” marks the director’s follow-up to debut feature “Today Match at 3,” about a feisty girls’ soccer team from a village outside Navas’ native Corrientes, northern Argentina. It already underscored the director’s skill in teasing performances out of actors, winning best cast at the Buenos Aires Intl. Independent Film Festival (Bafici) in 2017.

In “One,” Navas moves the action to council flat projects complex on the outskirts of Corrientes, a place of narrow passageways, grey, grimed concrete walls sporting age-old graffiti, half finished buildings with cramped apartments and thin walls, the noise of constantly bickering families, and a high drug use, where sex is one of the only means of entertainment and release, despite a near total lack of privacy and constant censorious gossip.

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A coming-of-age tale, “One” turns on Iris, a gawky 17-year-old embarrassed by her own body who plays basketball, and falls for the somewhat older Renata, a far worldlier...
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