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14 Films Compete in Horizontes Latinos at the San Sebastian Festival

14 Films Compete in Horizontes Latinos at the San Sebastian Festival

Once again the San Sebastian Festival will showcase the best Latin
American productions of the year. The program of the Horizontes
section at the 62nd edition includes fourteen productions from
Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia. Films that have
competed or been
presented at important international festivals, but which have
not yet been seen at a Spanish festival or commercially released in the

The selected films compete for the Horizontes Award, decided by a
specific jury and carrying €35,000, of which €10,000 go to the director
of the
winning film, and the remaining €25,000 to its distributor in

Fellipe Barbosa (Brazil – U.S.A.)

Set within Rio’s social elite, a teenage boy struggles to escape his overprotective parents as his family spirals into bankruptcy. This second movie by Brazil’s Fellipe Barbosa was presented in the Official Selection at the Rotterdam Festival. 


Natural Sciences(Ciencias Naturales)
Matías Lucchesi (Argentina – France)

Presented in the Generation section of the Berlin Festival and winner of the Award for Best Ibero-American Film at the Guadalajara Festival, the first film by Matías Luchesi revolves around a girl who, starting to become a woman, feels the profound need to discover her true identity. She does not know who her father is and she is determined to find him.


Two Gun Shots(Dos Disparos)
Martín Rejtman (Argentina – Chile – Netherlands – Germany)

The Argentinian filmmaker Martín Rejtman competed at the Locarno Festival with his latest film. Early one morning, 16 year-old Mariano finds a gun in his house and proceeds to shoot himself twice without giving it a second thought. He survives. Dos disparos (Two Shots Fired) is the tale of how Mariano and his family react to the situation.


Franco Lolli (France – Colombia)

The feature film debut of Franco Lolli, following several short films to have won awards at several festivals, was presented in the Critics’ Week at Cannes. Ten year-old Eric finds himself almost overnight living with Gabriel, his father, who he barely knows. Maria Isabel, the woman Gabriel works for as a carpenter, decides to help and invites them both to the country to spend Christmas with her and her family. However, she fails to foresee all the consequences of taking the child under her wing.



A road movie and coming of age comedy which pays homage to the French new wave, winner of Panorama’s First Feature Award in Berlin Film Festival and of Best Cinematography Award and Special Jury Mention in Tribeca Festival. Since the teenager Tomás is clearly too much of a handful for his mother, she packs him off to stay with his big brother who is studying in Mexico City.Tomás has brought a cassette along with him; the tape is part of his father’s legacy and contains the music of Epigmenio Cruz. When the trio learns that their idol is in hospital fading fast and alone, they set off in their rusty heap of a car to pay their last respects to this one-time rock star.


History of Fear(Historia del Miedo)
Benjamín Naishtat (Argentina – France – Germany – Uruguay – Qatar)

Following its screening in Films in Progress at last year’s San Sebastian Festival, Benjamín Naishtat’s first film competed at the Berlin Festival and won Best Film at the Jeonju Festival. When a heat wave grips the suburbs, blackouts and waves of pollution push the social order to the brink of collapse, forcing each inhabitant to confront his own motives, instincts and fears.


Lisandro Alonso (Argentina – U.S.A. – Mexico – Netherlands – France – Denmark- Germany)

Viggo Mortensen stars in a film by Lisandro Alonso that competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Festival and won the FIPRESCI Award. In 1882, Captain Dinesen arrives in Patagonia from Denmark with his 15 year old daughter Ingeborg to take up an engineering post with the Argentinian army. When Ingeborg falls in love with a young soldier and runs away with him, the Captain ventures into enemy territory to find the couple. A solitary quest that takes us to a place beyond time.    


The Princess of France“(La Princesa de Francia)
Matías Piñeiro (Argentina)

Matías Piñeiro returns to his reflections on the theatre world in this competitor in the Official Selection of the Locarno Festival. A year after his father’s death in Mexico, Víctor returns to Buenos Aires with a job for his former theatre company: to make a Latin American series of radio dramas by recording a pilote episode of the last play they put on together. 


La Salada
Juán Martín Hsu (Argentina – Spain)

The winning film of the Films in Progress Industry Award at last year’s Festival is a mosaic of experiences for new immigrants in Argentina. Three tales of people from different races who struggle with loneliness and alienation during “La feria de La Salada”.


The Third Side of the River(La Tercera Orilla)
Celina Murga (Argentina- Germany – The Netherlands)

The Argentinian director Celina Murga competed in Berlin’s Official Selection with this film focused on the seventeen-year-old Nicolas, who lives with his mother and younger siblings in a small provincial city. When his entranged father returns to his life, tensions rise between father and son. Nicolas realizes he has to make radical choices for his own future.


The third film from Chile’s Alejandro Fernández Almendras participated in Films in Progress last year and has won awards at several international festivals, including Sundance and Rotterdam. Jorge, a hardworking man, is muggled by Kalule, a neighbourhood delinquent. Jorge’s son, in an attemp to defend his father, is shot by Kalule for what Kalule is sent to prision. When he is released, only wants one thing: revenge.


Futuro Beach(Praia do Futuro)
Karim Ainouz  (Brazil – Germany)

A love story directed by Karim Aïnouz which competed in the Official Selection at the Berlin Festival. Donato works as a life guard patrolling the spectacular but treacherous Praia do Futuro beach. When he dives into the sea after two men caught in the undercurrent, he saves Konrad, a German vacationing in Brazil, but Konrad’s friend is lost to the sea. While waiting for the body to resurface, a bond grows between donato and Konrad and the initial sexual sparks give way to a deeper,emotional connection. Winner of the Sebastiane Latino Award.


Diego Lerman (Argentina- Colombia – France – Poland – Germany)

Presented at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, the latest film from Diego Lerman opens when Matías, a 7 year-old boy, finds his mother, Laura, unconscious on the floor on coming home from a birthday party. When Laura comes round, she decides to flee with her son to a shelter for battered women. Seen through the eyes of Matías, we follow their escape and the way everything he knew turns into danger, while Laura looks for a safe place to live.


August Winds(Ventos de Agosto)

The arrival to a small coastal village in Brazil of a researcher registering the sound of the trade winds and a surprise discovery take Shirley and Jeison on a journey that confronts them with the duel between life and death, loss and memory, the wind and the sea. A first film by Gabriel Mascaró, winner of a special mention at the Locarno Festival. 


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