Huelva focuses on new talent

Competition lineup includes four first films

BARCELONA — Four first films and five second ones feature in the 12-title competish lineup of the 35th Huelva Ibero-American Film Festival.

Europe’s oldest and largest confab devoted to movies from Ibero-America — Spain, Latin America and Portugal — fest is progressively focusing more on young and relatively unknown talent.

Debuts come from Mexico (“Nora Will” and “Cronicas Chilangas”), Spain (“Hector y Bruno”) and Peru (“Paradise”).

Helmed by Mariana Chenillo, dramedy “Nora” has picked up Miami, Morelia and Moscow kudos and a string of international sales.

Carlos Enderle’s multi-story comedy “Cronicas” picked up three awards at the Guadalajara Festival.

Ana Rosa Diego’s “Hector” tells the story of an elderly man forced to leave his beloved Basque village and to live with relatives he barely knows.

Peruvian debutante Hector Galvez’s Venice player “Paradise” focuses on a street gang on the Lima outskirts.

Bolivia’s Oscar candidate, “Southern Zone,” by Juan Carlos Valdivia (“American Visa”), portrays an upper-class family in La Paz, coping with the economic downturn and political change.

“La pasion de Gabriel,” by acclaimed Colombian TV series director Luis Alberto Restrepo, narrates the hardship of a modern Catholic priest, trying to help his fellow man in a Colombian village.

Chile’s “The Maid,” second feature by Sebastian Silva nabbed Sundance’s World Cinema grand jury and acting awards, the latter for Catalina Saavedra.

Chilean-French co-production “Navidad” deals with three troubled teens holing up for the Xmas holidays in a semi-abandoned house. It played Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

Argentine productions include recent B.O. hit “Cuestion de principios,” an ethical-quandary drama from Rodrigo Grande.

Also from Argentina: “La mosca en la ceniza,” directed by Gabriela David (“Taxi: An Encounter”) turning on two friends forced to work in a brothel; and Adrian Caetano’s stylish family chronicle “Francia.”

Rounding out Huelva’s competition, Portuguese pic “How to Draw a Perfect Circle,” helmed by Marco Martins (“Alice”), turns on two wealthy but incestuous siblings.

Organized by Spanish producers association Fapae, Spain’s Icex Foreign Trade Institute, and the Spanish and Argentine film institutes — Icaa and Incaa — the 10th Ibero-American Co-Production Forum runs Nov. 19-21.

Actor and legit director Jose Luis Gomez (“Broken Embraces,” “The Good Voice”) will be honored with a retro and a City of Huelva award.

Fest runs Nov. 14-21

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