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Eleven Latin American Films to Contend for the Horizontes Award

Eleven Latin American Films to Contend for the Horizontes Award

Eleven movies from different Latin American countries will contend for the Horizontes Award and its 35,000 Euros at San Sebastian. The Horizontes Latinos section showcases a selection of the most interesting and innovative Latin American films made over the last twelve months, with a number of titles backed by awards garnered at the big festivals of the year and others set for promising futures. Horizontes Latinos consists of features totally or partially produced in Latin America and either directed by moviemakers of Latin origin or set around the framework or subject of Latin communities throughout the rest of the world. These movies must also meet the requirement of this being their Spanish premieres.

This year’s edition includes films from Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Uruguay and Peru, in some cases backed in their production by European countries like Spain, Germany and France.

ABEL, opera prima from Diego Luna produced by Gael García Bernal, will open Horizontes Latinos.

Abel premiered in the International Premieres section at Sundance and was shown at a Special Screening as part of the Official Selection at Cannes 2010. It was also a Work in Progress. Sales: Cinetic
Director: Diego Luna
Cast: Geraldine Alejandra, Karina Gidi, Christopher Ruíz-Esparza, Gerardo Ruíz-Esparza, José María Yazpik
Abel is a 9 year-old boy whose behavior and refusal to speak results in his admission to a mental hospital near home. Convinced that reuniting him with his brother and sister could help his situation, his single mother persuades Abel’s doctor to let the boy out for a week. With no father on the scene, Abel becomes a rather unconventional paternal figure who succeeds in drawing the family closer together.
Director: Sebastián Hiriart
Cast: Jacinto Medina, Gabino Rodríguez
Jacinto Medina is 21 and bored with his life as a shepherd in northern Mexico. He finds a key on the ground. Taking it as a message, he sets out on a journey lasting thousands of kilometers. Opera Prima. Selected for Films in Progress 16.
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Costa Rica – France
Director: Paz Fábrega ♀
Cast: Montserrat Fernández, Lil Quesada Morúa, Luis Carlos Bogantes
Producer: Les Films du Requin
On New Year’s holidays, Mariana (21) and Rodrigo (30) drive to the Pacific coast. There, late at night and in the middle of nowhere, they find Karina (7) who ran away from home. The couple decides to stay the night and deal with the situation in the morning. But by dawn, the girl’s gone. Opera prima. Developed at Binger Institut, presented at Films in Progress 16, this work won the VPRO Tiger Award at Rotterdam Festival and was screened at the Bafici and Guadalajara Festival.
Director: Delfina Castagnino ♀
Cast: Pilar Gamboa, María Villar, Esteban Lamothe, Leonardo Castañeda
Pilar lives in the south. She recently lost her father and is now on her own. María came to visit her, to keep her company and take a break from the boyfriend she’s on the point of leaving. Neither has the wherewithal to comfort the other. Neither knows what they want. They barely know what they don’t want. They don’t want to go back to their lives. They don’t want to think about the future. They don’t want to be alone. They don’t want their holiday to end. A timber yard about to close, a horse and a dog, a few men, a little alcohol and the cold waters of the southern lakes. Opera prima. Pilar Gamboa and María Villar won the Best Actress Award at the Bafici.
Director: Diego Lerman
Cast: Julieta Zylberberg, Osmar Núñez, Marta Lubos, Gaby Ferrero
International Sales Agent: Pyramide
In the Argentina of 1982, María Teresa is a teacher at the Colegio Nacional in Buenos Aires. When María Teresa, hounded by a slight, perhaps non-existent smell of tobacco, starts hiding in the boys’ toilets to catch the smokers and have them punished, she gradually discovers a darkly exciting habit. Her eyes miss nothing. The eyes of the jailer, of the master… of a pervert. From the director of Tan de repente (Silver Leopard at Locarno 2002) and Mientras tanto (Official Selection, Venice 2004). La mirada invisible was screened as part of The Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes 2010. It was featured at RDV Unifrance 2010, was the Winner Sundance/ NHK Award 2009, Winner BAL 2008 (BAFICI Argentina), and developed at L’Atelier (2009)
Director: Daniel Hendler
Cast: Fernando Amaral, Eugenia Guerty, César Troncoso and Roberto Suárez
Cordon Films
Fired from his job, Norberto tries his luck as a real estate agent, putting off telling his wife. His new boss recommends that he attend a personal assertiveness course to overcome his timidity and he starts studying acting at a beginners’ workshop. While preparing the show, while he fails in his endeavors to behave credibly towards his clients and his wife, what he does discover is a tremendous ability to lie to himself. Opera prima. TVE Award at Films in Progress 16. Selected for the Cinéastes du Présent section at Locarno 2010.
Director: Patricio Guzmán
ISA: Pyramide
Nostalgia de la Luz is a film about the distance between the sky and the earth, between light and human beings and the mysterious comings and goings arising between them. At a height of 3,000 metres, astronomers from all over the world gather in the Atacama Desert to observe the stars of northern Chile. Here, the transparency of the sky means that you can see to the very limits of the universe. Below, the dryness of the ground keeps human remains intact forever: mummies, explorers, miners, Indians and the skeletons of the political prisoners of the dictatorship. While the astronomers seek extraterrestrial life, a group of women move stones: they’re looking for their relatives. Patricio Guzmán previously participated in San Sebastian in 2004 (Zabaltegi-Pearls) with Salvador Allende. Nostalgia de la Luz was shown in a Special Screening as part of the Official Selection at Cannes 2010.
Director: Daniel Vega and Diego Vega
Cast: Bruno Odar, Gabriela Velásquez, Carlos Gassols
ISA: uMedia
Look Now! Distribution has Swiss rights.
Clemente, a moneylender of few words, is a new hope for Sofía, his single neighbour, devoted to the October worship of Our Lord of the Miracles. They’re brought together over a new-born baby, fruit of Clemente’s relationship with a prostitute who’s nowhere to be found. While Clemente is looking for the girl’s mother, Sofía cares for the baby and looks after the moneylender’s house. With the arrival of these beings in his life, Clemente has the opportunity to reconsider his emotional relations with people. Opera prima. Won the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard Section at Cannes 2010, North American Premiere at TIFF 2010.
Director: Anahí Berneri
Cast: Erica Rivas, Nicasio Galán, Zenón Galán, Rubén Viani, Marta Bianchini, Omar Núñez, Carlos Portaluppi
ISA: Bavaria
For young mother Julieta, recently separated from her husband, it’s another normal evening at home, with her two little boys raising hell in the cramped family apartment. But then the youngest boy falls and hurts himself. Boys in tow, Julia heads for the hospital, where help and understanding give way to shattering suspicions… Was presented at the Berlinale Special Section this year and her previous film, Encarnación (Incarnation), competed at San Sebastian in 2007.
Director: Pablo Larraín
Cast: Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers, Jaime Vadell, Amparo Nobuera, Marcelo Alonso
ISA: Funny Balloons
Archibald has Italy.
Mario, 55, works in a morgue typing autopsy reports. In the midst of the 1973 Chilean coup, he fantasizes about his neighbor Nancy, a cabaret dancer, who mysteriously disappears on September the 11th. After a violent Army raid on her family‚s home, he hears about the arrest of her brother and father, a prominent Communist and Salvador Allende supporter. Troubled and madly passionate over the loss of his would-be lover, Mario begins his frantic search for Nancy. Will compete for the Golden Lion at the next Venice Festival. Larraín’s previous film, Tony Manero, was presented at Horizontes Latinos in 2008, screened in Venice .
Director: Natalia Smirnoff ♀
Cast: María Onetto, Gabriel Goity, Arturo Goetz
ISA: Memento
Sales: IFC for U.S., ABC for Belgium, Cinemien for The Netherlands, JinJin for So. Korea, Folkets Bio fir Sweden, Joint for Taiwan. Sofie Dulac for France, Primer Plano for Argentina
María’s husband and children give her a puzzle for her 50th birthday. She’s delighted, and finds it a great discovery. Not only does the patient housewife have fun doing the puzzles, she’s also really good at them. Overflowing with enthusiasm for her new-found passion, she goes back to the shop where they bought the gift for another puzzle. There her eye is caught by a notice on the message board: “Partner for puzzle tournament wanted”. María musters her courage and, despite her family’s misgivings, answers the announcement. Opera prima. Casa de América Award winner at Films in Progress 16, this movie participated in the Official Selection at Berlin 2010, at Bafici and at the Guadalajara Festival.

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