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Tip of the Iceberg: Manuela Martelli Currently Setting Up “The Meltdown”

Tip of the Iceberg: Manuela Martelli Currently Setting Up “The Meltdown”

As we impatiently await to see which film will represent Chile for the upcoming Oscars, we learn that Manuela Martelli (who could be that person with her breakthrough Directors’ Fortnight selected gem 1976) is moving steadily towards her sophomore feature. One of the fifteen projects selected for the upcoming Ventana Sur’s sidebar Proyecta (bringing together Latin America and Europe producers), Martelli’s El deshielo (The Meltdown) will be produced by Wood Producciones’ Alejandra García. As we know, Martelli got her start in acting (appearing on the Croisette on a couple of occasions).

Set in 1992′ Chile, 10 year-old Inés is spending time at her grandparents’ hotel, at the foot of a ski resort. His parents are on a trip, they are members of the delegation that takes an iceberg to the Seville Expo. 16 year-old Hanna (from Sweden), is a skier who is staying at the hotel, and becomes Inés’ platonic love. The two strike up a friendship until one night Hanna disappears under mysterious circumstances.

Here is the rest of the Proyecta 2022 line-up:

1982 (Arg) Dir: Sebastián Carreras, Nicolás Carreras / Prod: Cactus Cine
Augusta & Kátia (Por) Dir: Lud Mônaco / Prod: Promenade
Sun Falls (Hon) Dir: Aaren O’connor / Prod: Pulsar Cine
The Meltdown (Chil) Dir: Manuela Martelli / Prod: Wood Producciones
Hashtag Santiago (Fr-Chil) Dir: Rodrigo Litorriaga / Prod: Bússola Films
The Beach House (Costa Rica) Dir: Kim Elizondo / Prod: Bicha Cine
Freiman Brothers (Arg) / Dir: Nicolás Schujman Prod: Alina Film
Maneki Neko (Ecu) Dir: Sarahi Echeverría / Prod: Clap
Mars At Nightfall (Guat) Dir: Edgar Sajcabún / Prod: Surkum Cinematografía
Kids Swimming In The Lake (Ven) Dir: Michael Labarca / Prod: Todos Los Ríos
Us (Sp) Dir: Helena Taberna / Prod: Lamia Producciones
November (Col) Dir: Tomás Corredor / Prod: Burning
The Good Charm Society (Per) Dir: Marina Herrera / Prod: China Salka
I Am Mario (Mex) Dir: Sharon Kleinberg / Prod: Tropical Films
Sad Girl (Mex) Dir: Fernanda Tovar / Prod: Colectivo Colmena

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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