Twelve films produced, directed or set in Latin America will compete for the Horizontes Award at the 2018 San Sebastian International Film Festival.
Las herederas (Marcelo Martinessi), opening film of the section, Familia sumergida (Immersed Family, María Alché), La noche de 12 años (A Twelve-Year-Night, Álvaro Brechner), Figuras (Figures, Eugenio Canevari), Cómprame un revólver (Buy Me a Gun, Julio Hernández Cordón), Enigma (Ignacio Juricic Merillán), Sueño Florianópolis (Ana Katz), Ferrugem / Rust (Aly Muritiba), Nuestro tiempo (Our Time, Carlos Reygadas), Marilyn (Martín Rodríguez Redondo), Los silencios (Beatriz Seigner) and El motoarrebatador (The Snatch Thief, Agustín Toscano) make up the Horizontes Latinos selection at the 66th edition of the San Sebastian Festival.
Films in Horizontes Latinos at 66th San Sebastian Festival
MARCELO MARTINESSI (PARAGUAY – GERMANY – BRAZIL – URUGUAY – NORWAY – FRANCE )
Cast: Ana Brun, Margarita Irún, Ana Ivanova, Nilda Gonzalez, María Martins, Alicia Guerra, Yverá Zayas
OPENING NIGHT FILM
For more than 30 years, Chela and Martina have lived together, like the daughters of families in a well-placed social position: they had inherited enough money to live comfortably with no need to work. But now, when both are over 60, the money has run out. When Martina is sent to prison for being unable to pay her debts, Chela starts providing older women from well-off families with a taxi service which helps her to get by. That’s how she meets Josefina, a glamorous woman 20 years younger than herself, with whom she immediately hits it off. The connection changes the relationship Chela has with herself and with those around her, triggering an internal revolution.
CÓMPRAME UN REVÓLVER (BUY ME A GUN )
JULIO HERNÁNDEZ CORDÓN (MEXICO)
Cast: Matilde Hernández Guinea, Rogelio Sosa
Mexico, sometime in a near future… Women are disappearing and a girl called Huck wears a mask to hide her gender. She helps her dad, a tormented addict, to take care of an abandoned baseball camp where the narcos gather to play. The father tries to protect her as he can. With the help of her friends, a group of lost boys who have the power of camouflaging themselves in the windy desert, Huck has to fight to overcome her reality and to defeat the local capo.
EL MOTOARREBATADOR (THE SNATCH THIEF)
AGUSTÍN TOSCANO (ARGENTINA – URUGUAY – FRANCE)
Cast: Sergio Prina, Liliana Juárez, León Zelarrayán, Daniel Elías, Camila Plaate, Pilar Benítez Vibart, Mirella Pascual
IV Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum
In the Argentinian city of Tucumán, Miguel is making a living as a “motochorro”, a thief who snatches people’s belongings from his motorbike. When he steals the purse of Elena, an old woman, he ends up hurting her badly. After the brutal incident, Miguel is plagued by guilt and unable to forget about his victim. In an attempt to make things right, he conceals his true identity from the old woman and starts to take care of the injured and unsuspecting Elena. The closer he gets to her the more he becomes entangled in his own lies. Afraid of telling Elena the truth, Miguel continues to be haunted by his past and is unable to find true redemption.
IGNACIO JURICIC MERILLÁN (CHILE)
Cast: Roxana Campos, Rodrigo Pérez, Paula Zúñiga, Claudia Cabezas
Films in Progress 33
Nancy receives the offer from a TV programme on unsolved mysteries to participate in the episode telling the story of her daughter, a young lesbian beaten to death, a crime for which no-one has been declared guilty eight years after it was committed. Nancy confronts her family and each one’s version of the events, as she decides whether or not to participate in the space and learn more about the person her daughter was.
FAMILIA SUMERGIDA (IMMERSED FAMILY)
MARIA ALCHÉ (ARGENTINA – BRAZIL – GERMANY – NORWAY)
Cast: Mercedes Morán, Esteban Bigliardi, Marcelo Subiotto, Ia Arteta, Laila Maltz, Federico Sack
Films in Progress 32
It’s summertime in an empty and heated Buenos Aires. Marcela’s world is shaken as her sister passes away, and it becomes estranged and unfamiliar. While still grieving, she will have to deal with clearing out her sister’s apartment. Willing to help out, Nacho, a young friend of her daughter’s, bursts in. His presence gives way to shared road trips and adventures. During these confusing days, people and conversations from another time will get intertwined, leading her to some self-questioning, as the imminence of everyday life pushes in.
FERRUGEM / RUST
ALY MURITIBA (BRAZIL)
Cast: Tifanny Dopke, Giovanni Di Lorenzi, Pedro Inoue, Enrique Diaz, Clarissa Kiste, Dudah Azevedo
Films in Progress 32
Tati is a 16-year-old girl, joyful and lively, who likes to share her happiest moments on social networks. She eagerly looks forward to a weekend trip with her school friends. She knows this may be a good opportunity to get to know Renet better, her mysterious classmate. Renet belongs to a family where things are not openly spoken, merely suggested, and most often in silence. The current unspoken matter between father and son is the departure of Renet’s mother, who left David, her ex-husband, caring alone for the boy. David is a teacher at the same school where Tati and Renet study. The hot topic at school is a video shared among the students in which the girl appears in a compromising situation.
EUGENIO CANEVARI (SPAIN – ARGENTINA)
Cast: Stella Maris Santo, Francisco Dominguez, Valeria Ballerini
Stella, an argentinian immigrant living in Spain, suffers from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and needs constant attention. Paco, her longtime partner, helps her to move, eat, and communicate. Valeria, Stella’s daughter, visits them sporadically and, anguished by the visible deterioration of her mother, finds a manner of escape by going out to parties. While they wait for an answer about an opportunity for subsidized housing, they attempt to cope with the situation through humor and love. A real family performing in a real story.
LA NOCHE DE 12 AÑOS (A TWELVE-YEAR-NIGHT)
ÁLVARO BRECHNER (SPAIN – ARGENTINA – FRANCE – URUGUAY)
Cast: Antonio de la Torre, Chino Darín, Alfonso Tort
IV Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum
September 1973. Uruguay is under the control of military dictatorship. The Tupamaros guerrilla movement has been crushed and out of action for a year. Its members imprisoned and tortured. One autumn night, three Tupamaros prisoners are taken from their prison cells in a secret military operation that will last for twelve years. From then on they will be hauled around different camps all over the country, subject to a macabre experiment; a new kind of torture aiming to break the limits of their mental resistance. The military order is clear: “since we couldn’t kill them, we’re going to drive them insane”. For more than a decade, the prisoners will be kept in isolation in tiny cells where they spend most of their time with hoods on, tied up, deprived of their basic needs, with hardly any food, and seeing how their senses are reduced to a minimum. With their bodies and minds pushed beyond the limits, La noche de 12 años (A Twelve-year Night) tells us how they managed to survive.
BEATRIZ SEIGNER (BRAZIL – FRANCE – COLOMBIA)
Cast: Marleyda Soto, Enrique Diaz, Maria Paula Tabares Peña, Adolfo Savilvino
Films in Progress 33
Nuria, Fabio and their mother Amparo arrive in a small island in the middle of Amazonia, at the border of Brazil, Colombia and Peru. They ran away from the Colombian armed conflict in which their father disappeared. One day, he reappears in their new house. The family is haunted by this strange secret and discovers the island is peopled with ghosts.
MARTÍN RODRÍGUEZ REDONDO (ARGENTINA – CHILE)
Cast: Walter Rodríguez, Catalina Saavedra, Germán de Silva, Ignacio Giménez, Germán Baudino, Andrew Bargsted, Rodolfo García Werner, Josefina Paredes
III Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum Films in Progress 31
Marcos, a 17 year-old farmhand, discovers his sexuality in a hostile atmosphere. Nicknamed “Marilyn” by the other village teenagers, he becomes an object of desire and discrimination. Marcos feels increasingly more penned in.
NUESTRO TIEMPO (OUR TIME)
CARLOS REYGADAS (MEXICO – FRANCE – ALEMANIA – DENMARK – SWEDEN)
Cast: Carlos Reygadas, Natalia López, Eleazar Reygadas, Rut Reygadas, Phil Burgers
A family lives in the Mexican countryside raising fighting bulls. Esther is in charge of running the ranch, while her husband Juan, a world-renowned poet, raises and selects the beasts. When Esther becomes infatuated with a horse trainer, named Phil, the couple struggles to stride through the emotional crisis.
SUEÑO FLORIANÓPOLIS (FLORIANÓPOLIS DREAM)
ANA KATZ (ARGENTINA – BRAZIL – FRANCE)
Cast: Mercedes Morán, Gustavo Garzón, Marco Ricca, Andréa Beltrão
Couple Pedro and Lucrecia travel to Brazil with their teenage children. They have recently decided to separate, but to spend the holidays together as planned all the same. Marco, the Brazilian renting their summer house to the family, and Larissa, his ex-girlfriend, befriend Pedro and Lucrecia. On the beaches, among the waves, karaoke and water excursions, overlapping romances emerge together with an attraction that will rub off on the children on all sides. Parents and siblings have fun as they test the “Brazilian happiness”. While endless samba awakens the tourists from their lethargy, they separate to indulge in the passion and exploration, in the mirror, of more liberal and unexpected versions of themselves.