Films in Progress is the professional platform, which supports the production of Latin American feature films contributing to their completion and international circulation. Organized by the San Sebastian and Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse Festivals, Films in Progress promotes meeting,
dialogue and interaction between professionals from the Latin American and European film worlds, fostering the diversity and talent of independent
Films in Progress 29 received the submission of 182 films from 17 countries. The Toulouse – San Sebastian selection committee has selected 6 films: “A Cidade do Futuro” by Cláudio Marques and Marília Hughes (Brazil); “El Cristo Ciego,” by Christopher Murray (Chile – France); “Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!” by Felipe Bragança (Brazil – France – Netherlands); “El Invierno,” by Emiliano Torres
(Argentina – France); “Los Niños,” by Maite Alberdi (Chile – France – Netherlands) and “Rey” by Niles Atallah (Chile – France – Germany –
Netherlands – Qatar), who also participated in New Directors with “Lucía.”
“A Cidade do Futuro”
Cláudio Marques and Marília Hughes (Brazil)
Mila is 19, teaches theatre and is pregnant. Gilmar, 27, is a history teacher in a relationship
with Igor, a 19 year old cowboy. The three will form a rather unconventional family. The film
follows the path of these young people in the small city of Serra do Ramalho, in the dry lands
of Bahía, and society’s reaction to this peculiar tale.
“El Cristo Ciego”
Christopher Murray (Chile – France)
Michael (30) is a mechanic who claims to have experienced a divine revelation in the desert.
But far from believing him, the locals treat him like the village madman. One afternoon he
learns that a childhood friend has had an accident in a distant town. Michael decides to leave
everything he has to set out on a barefoot pilgrimage and cure him with a miracle. His walk
begins to attract the attention of people exploited by the mining companies and drug addicts,
who see him as a Christ capable of alleviating the harsh reality of the Chilean desert.
“Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!”
Felipe Bragança (Brazil – France – Netherlands)
Joca is a 13 year old Brazilian boy in love with a native Paraguayan girl on the border between
the two countries. To fight for their love he must face up to the secrets of his elder brother,
Fernando, a motorcycling cowboy.
(Argentina – France)
The old foreman of a cattle ranch in Patagonia is fired from his job. A younger ranch hand
takes his place. The change won’t be easy for either of them. Each, in his own way, must
survive the coming winter. Debut film.
Maite Alberdi (Chile – France – Netherlands)
A group of friends with Down’s Syndrome have been going to the same school for 40 years and no
longer want to be students. Most of them have lost their parents by now, none of whom had ever
imagined that their children would outlive them. The children always thought that when their
parents died, they would be able to do everything they had always been forbidden to do, like
living alone, having sex, becoming parents, getting married and having real jobs. But nothing
has changed for them, and they have to wrestle with the frustration of living as if they were
only 10, even if they are almost 50.