BUENOS AIRES — Isabel Coixet’s “Elegy” will open the second annual San Luis Cine Intl. Film Festival, which will unspool Oct. 31 to Nov. 8 in the central province of Argentina, overlapping with the country’s biggest fest in Mar del Plata.
Event will close with Michel Gondry’s “Be Kind Rewind,” with both screening out of competition.
The winner of a yet-to-be-finalized lineup of 16 to 17 features will take home a cash prize of $50,000, to be divided equally between director and producer. Other award categories include actor, actress, director and screenplay.
The top documentary will scoop up $10,000, and the short will take $5,000.
Ben Gazzara will preside over a jury that includes Argentine thesp Adriana Aizemberg (“La senal”) and Argentinean helmer Juan Jose Jusid (“Apasionados”).
Geraldine Chaplin, who led the jury in the first edition, is slated to return this year as a special guest. Local talent like Gaston Pauls, Luis Luque, Julieta Diaz, Valentina Bassi, Celeste Cid and Fabian Gianola also will make the trip, according to organizer San Luis Cine, a government org that has become a fresh source of production coin in the country.
Julio Marbiz, who is running the festival for a second year, said the 2009 edition will be moved to a less busy part of the year on the national circuit.
This year it overlaps with the Nov. 6-16 Mar del Plata Intl. Film Festival, the country’s biggest and the only FIAPF Category One fest in Latin America. It was moved from March, where it was sandwiched between Berlin (February) and Cannes (May) in an effort to improve attendance and programming.