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LatinoBuzz: San Sebastian Films in Progress: 3 from Chile, 1 Venezuelan, 1Uruguayan, 1Brazilian

LatinoBuzz: San Sebastian Films in Progress: 3 from Chile, 1 Venezuelan, 1Uruguayan, 1Brazilian

113 films from 20 countries were submitted to the Films in Progress 28 initiative at the San Sebastian Film Festival. The final selection includes: “Aquí no ha pasado nada” (Much Ado About Nothing) by Alejandro Fernández Almendras (Chile),whose previous film, “To Kill a Man,” won numerous prizes at international festivals and represented Chile at the Oscars last year; “Era o Hotel Cambridge” (The Cambridge Squatter) by Eliane Caffé (Brazil – France), “La Emboscada” (The Ambush) by Daniel Hendler (Uruguay – Argentina), “La Princesita” (The Princess) by Marialy
Rivas
(Chile – Argentina – Spain), “Rara” by Pepa San Martín (Chile – Argentina) and “Sobrevivientes de Rober Calzadilla” (Venezuela –
Colombia).

Films in Progress gains strength as a not-to-be-missed gathering for Latin American production. Four of the films presented last year at San
Sebastian, in Films in Progress 26, will be screened at this year’s Festival: Eugenio Canevari’s “Paulawill compete in the New
Directors section and Jayro Bustamante’s “Ixcanul,”which has just been announced as Guatemala’s Oscar submission, will screen in the Horizontes Latinos section, having won the Silver Bear – Alfred Bauer
Award at the Berlin Festival.

Salvador de Solar’s “Magallanes,” winner of the Films in Progress
Industry Award and Aly Muritiba’s “Para minha amada morta” (To My Beloved), will also compete for the
Horizontes Award. And another of the films presented last year, Sergio Castro’s “La mujer de barro” (The Mud Woman), was programmed in the
Berlin Festival’s Forum section.

Among the projects revealed at the Toulouse event last March, Pablo Agüero’s “Eva no duerme” (Eva doesn’t sleep) is
programmed in the official competition; Sebastián Brahm’s “Vida sexual de las plantas” (Sex Life of Plants) is part of the New Directors
selection; and Lorenzo Vigas’s “Desde allá” (From afar) will be presented in Horizontes Latinos after having participated in the official
competition at the Venice Festival.




“Aquí No Ha Pasado Nada” (Much Ado About Nothing)
Alejandro Fernández Almendras (Chile)

Young, daring and lonely, Vicente spends his life at his parent’s home by the beach. These are
days of relaxation, sea and partying with anyone who’s up for it. But one night of alcohol and
flirting will change his life forever; he is accused of a hit-and-run crime in which a
fisherman is killed. “I wasn’t driving”, he says, but his memories are hazy and he says the boy
at the wheel was the son of an influential politician. Power, manipulation and guilt will send
his sweet summer holidays careering towards a bitter end. This is the third time the director
has participated in Films in Progress. His previous film, “Matar a un hombre” (To Kill a Man), landed the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance
Festival.




“Era o Hotel Cambridge” (The Cambridge Squatter)
Eliane Caffé (Brazil – France)

The Cambridge Squatter
shows us the unusual situation of the Brazilian homeless and refugees who squat together in an
abandoned building in downtown Sao Paulo. The daily tension caused by the threat of eviction
reveals the dramas, the joys and the different points of view of the squatters.




“La Emboscada” (The Ambush)
Daniel Hendler (Uruguay – Argentina)

Martin Marchand throws himself into the political contest. As a result of his work in the
social media, a traditional political structure invites him to join their list. Martin calls in
technicians and advisors to create his campaign image. Over a weekend, immersed in the bucolic
setting of a country house, they get down to designing the leader’s image. But an infiltrator
seeking to obtain information on the coming electoral alliance creates an atmosphere of
mistrust. The film, with the working title of “El Palomar,” participated in the I
Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum.




“La Princesita” (The Princess)
Marialy Rivas (Chile – Argentina – Spain)

A film inspired by true events in Southern Chile. A family sect only has one purpose and
belief: a new order is necessary. Tamara, 11, is responsible for procreating the leaders of the
new world. Disgruntled with her “lot”, Tamara’s sexual exploration with a boy in her year at
school will have unexpected consequences, marking her violent transition from childhood to
womanhood. Tamara will gain her freedom in a way she had never imagined. Marialy Rivas’s
previous film, “Joven y alocada,” participated in Films in Progress and landed awards at
Sundance and Bafici, among other festivals.




“Rara”
Pepa San Martín (Chile – Argentina)

A story inspired by the case of a Chilean judge who lost the custody of her children for being
a lesbian, told from the point of view of her eldest daughter Sara, aged 13. The screenplay is
based on true events that could be related as a tale of lawyers and courthouses, lawsuits,
claimants, defenders and victims, but instead, it will be the story of a family.




“Sobrevivientes”
Rober Calzadilla  (Venezuela – Colombia)

1988. The town of El Amparo. Border with Colombia. Chumba and Pinilla survive an armed assault
in the channels of the Arauca River in which fourteen of their companions are killed in the
act. The Venezuelan Army accuses them of being guerrilla fighters and tries to seize them from
the cell where they are being watched over by a policeman and a group of locals to prevent them
from being taken away. They say they are simple fishermen, but pressure to yield to the
official version is eye-watering.

Awards:


Films in Progress Industry Award

: The companies Daniel Goldstein, Deluxe Spain, Dolby Iberia, Laserfilm Cine y Video, Nephilim producciones, No Problem Sonido and
Wanda Visión will assume the post-production of a film until obtaining a DCP subtitled in English and its distribution in Spain

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