Set for its world premiere on Aug. 11 at the Fantasia Int’l Film Festival in Montreal, Uruguay’s “Ghosting Gloria” (“Muerto con Gloria”) is a supernatural sex drama globally distribute by Filmsharks. Guido Rud, Founder of the company picked up worldwide sales and remake rights to the pic in June last year and he’s already sold it to streaming platform Pantaya in the U.S., Av-Jet Int’l Media of Taiwan and Movistar Plus in Spain. Latin America, Japan and Korean distribution deals are under discussion while remake rights talks are underway in the U.S., Spain and Mexico.
The titular Gloria, played by Stefania Tortorella, is a single 30-year-old working at a bookstore who has never had an orgasm. She finally finds her ideal lover but the only caveat is that he’s the very dead owner of the place she’s renting. She begins to delight in his visits but when she brings over a live date, her ghost lover manifests its displeasure.
For writer-director Mauro Sarser, who co-directed the film with Marcela Matta, the idea sprung from a friend’s anecdote. “She supposedly lived for a few months with a presence that she could not see but could feel,” he recalled. “The story had a lot of interesting details but while thinking about writing it, I thought that it would be more original if, instead of being a scary story, it would be one of love, of a sexual and loving bond that formed between them,” he continued. “This opened the doors for us to explore issues that have more to do with the real world than the supernatural. The supernatural became an excuse, a metaphor to talk about the psyche and of human bonds,” he added.