Russia, Latin America collaborate for coming-of-age horror film

Russian production and distribution powerhouse Central Partnership and the Latin American film group BF Films, have announced their first co-production named Schizophrenic. The movie is set to be a psychological horror film which is set in the real world of severe mental disorder, according to its name. The shocking movie will serve dark stories of […]

Russia, Latin America collaborate for coming-of-age horror film
This Russian and Latin fusion will be one of its kind. (Photo credit: @twitter)

Russian production and distribution powerhouse Central Partnership and the Latin American film group BF Films, have announced their first co-production named Schizophrenic. The movie is set to be a psychological horror film which is set in the real world of severe mental disorder, according to its name. The shocking movie will serve dark stories of real patients as inspiration, and a variety of schizophrenia symptoms will form the essence of the part of the script, including conspiracy theories and altered reality perception. The story was originally created by JP Jacobsen, and the script is being written by Hernany Perla who also wrote scripts for Blink, Revelation, Santería. These scripts have twice been featured on Hollywood’s Black List.

The film’s director and cast are currently being formed, and they are picking the best the industry has to offer. They will soon be announced in the coming months. The project is to be shot in English by an international team working in Russia in late 2021 or early 2022.

Executive producers are BF Films with the CEO Carlos Hansen and the company’s partner and head of acquisitions Juliana da Cunha Jacobsen, and Central Partnership CEO Vadim Vereschagin, who are going to back the movie. “We have over 15 years of finding the world’s best film projects and widely distributing them in Latin America. We know what works in our territories, and now the time has come for us to collaborate with some of our favorite international partners to develop and produce BF’s projects aimed at the global market,” said Hansen in an interview.

“ ‘Schizophrenic’ is a vivid illustration of what BF Films strives for,” added Jacobsen. “We all know that the horror genre has had an explosion of interest worldwide, and the challenge is to do something fresh that stands out in a crowded marketplace. The story carries an intriguing premise, two iconic female lead roles, and a lot of creative potential that we’re confident will attract world-class talent,” he continued.

The film will be distributed by Central Partnership in Russia, and in Latin America by BF Distribution. The companies are also working as partners to sell the rights to other territories. We are hoping that OTT platforms like Apple tv+ and Netflix might also play a huge part in distributing the movie throughout, and if that is the case, this just might have the potential to be one of the best movies to be released this year.

‘Schizophrenic’ carries a powerful statement and is perfectly positioned to be a successful horror film. The story appeals to one of the most relatable human fears, something wide audiences will understand and feel for, not just in Russia and Latin America, but all around the world.” said Vereshchagin

Latin American culture has been creating a hot mess across the Americas and OTT platforms across the world. With their music to their food and now the movies, we can’t wait for what’s to come next!