'Fiestapatria,' 'Parpados' also skedded for San Seb
Ana Katz’s “La novia errante” (The Wandering Bride) and Luis Vera’s “Fiestapatria” are among six projects screening Sept. 26-27 at the 10th Films in Progress showcase, hosted by the San Sebastian Film Festival.Among other prizes, pics compete to win post-production services leading to a 35mm copy, provided by an alliance of Spain’s facilities houses. Argentine director-actress Katz’s follow-up to “Musical Chairs,” “Bride” toplines Berlin Silver Bear winner Daniel Hendler (“Lost Embrace”) and Katz in a breakup drama. “Fiestapatria,” a tragicomic social fresco from Chilean helmer Vera, turns on an engagement party attended by military hawks and former exiles. Films in Progress also will screen rough cuts of Mexican Ernesto Contreras’ “Parpados azules,” a romantic suspenser that won Contreras the co-prod pitching competition at Mexico’s Guadalajara Film Festival last year. Section, which has been reduced from eight to six films to hike entry levels, also features Brazilian Lina Chamie’s romantic drama “A aia lactea”; Argentine Victor Gonzalez’s tale of a rookie priest “El cielo elegido”; and Brazilian Gustavo Pereira da Silva’s “A casa de Alicia” about a fortysomething woman’s daily drudgery in Sao Paulo. The San Sebastian Fest also unveiled its second Cinema in Motion pitching forum. Projects tubthumping for seed finance are “Entre parentheses,” from Moroccan helmers Hicham Falah and Mohamed Chrif Tribak; Moroccan Mourad Boucif’s World War II pic “Les larmes d’argent”; and “Mascarades,” by Algerian actor-turned director Lyes Salem. Among pics in production, Tunisia’s Kalthoum Bornaz will screen extracts from her twin drama “L’Autre moitie du ciel”; documentarian Jean-Pierre Lledo will present recent Algeria docupic “Ne reste dans l’Oued que ses galets”; and Algerian Said Ould-Khelifa offers social protest drama “Vivantes.” San Sebastian runs Sept. 21-30.