Up-and-coming talents heat up Huelva

'Por que se frotan las patitas' opens fest

BARCELONA — With seven debut features and four second movies, the competition at the 32nd Huelva Ibero-American Film Festival is opening up to a new generation of Latin American filmmakers.

The world preem of tuner comedy “Por que se frotan las patitas,” from first-timer Alvaro Bejines, opens the eight-day fest on Nov. 18.

Pic turns on a man who’s abandoned by all the women in his life.

Competish highlights include child prostitute tale “Angels of the Sun,” from Brazilian Rudi Lagemann, seen at March’s Miami Film Festival; “Pages From Mauricio’s Diary,” from Cuban Manuel Perez Paredes, about Cubans who did not leave the island in the ’90s; and real-life priest tale “The Hands,” from the only competing vet helmer, Alejandro Doria.

Competition also boasts better-known items such as Mexican Francisco Vargas’ Cannes hit “The Violin”; Uruguayan Manuel Nieto’s Rotterdam Tiger winner “The Dog Pound”; and student love triangle tale “Proibido Proibir,” from Brazil’s Jorge Duran.

Underscoring its rising production levels and move toward more commercial genres, Huelva will showcase two Peruvian road movies: Gianfranco Quattrini’s “Chicha tu madre,” the first part of a Lima-Buenos Aires road trilogy, and Judith Velez’s “The Test,” set in Peru’s backwoods.

Competish is rounded out by “For Rent,” from Chilean writer Alberto Fuguet; Argentine Santiago Loza’s “4 Women, Barefoot”; Carlos Bolado’s “Only God Knows”; and Juan Carlos Valdivia’s “American Visa.”

“Huelva aims to be a European and international gateway to Ibero-American productions that don’t make mainstream circuits — auteur pics with some commercial ambition,” said fest director Eduardo Trias.

Fest sidebars include a general panorama, docu and children’s sections, plus showcases of Spanish Cinema in the Second Republic and Argentine Cinema During the Dictatorship.

Young thesp Ernesto Alterio (“The Method”) and Spanish producer Jose Maria Morales will receive career achievement Ciudad de Huelva awards.

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