“Island City,” currently reportedly the latest film from the “Lower City” director named “Sérgio Machado”, has been acquired for international sales by Edward Noeltner’s “Cinema Management Group” back in the Beverly Hills. Given the absence of Brazilian movies that have been selected for the Cannes Festival, the acquisition seems to have given the CMG one of the most awaited titles coming out of the country of Brazil this year.
It has also marked the latest title from the Brazilian production powerhouse “Gullane”, whose credits include the Cannes Competition players, Hector Babenco’s “Carandiru,” Marco Bellocchio’s “The Traitor” and as well as many Sundance winners, such as Anna Muylaert’s “The Second Mother,” and Berlin Panorama laureates, such as Luis Bolognesi’s “The Last Forest.”
Exploring through the foibles and failure of the manhood, also the focus of the “Lower City,” the “Inner City” tells the audience what the CMG describes as the “captivating” tale of the three brothers who have ended up living under the same roof as the middle brother Dalberto’s sensual new wife, “Anara” (played by Sophie Charlotte).
A contemporary of “Karim Aïnouz”, co-writing the Walter Salles’ 2001 movie named “Behind the Sun” and Ainouz’s first feature of “Madame Sata,” Machado had broken out of his own solo fiction feature debut called, “Lower City,” produced by the Salles and starring the “Queen of the South’s” Alice Braga and the “Narcos’” Wagner Moura. The same had world premiered at the Cannes Un Certain Regard, receiving the “Youth Award”.
Machado has also directed “The Violin Teacher,” the 2015 Locarno Piazza Grande closing film, and also said to be the Amazon Prime, Turner Broadcasting miniseries named “The Freitas Brothers,” which were both produced by “Gullane”.