Latin American films dominate

Cannes’ 48th Critics’ Week will feature predominantly debuting films.

Latin American films continue a strong showing, with Chilean helmer Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’ “Huacho” and Uruguayan director Alvaro Brechner’s “Bad Day to Go Fishing” both included in the sidebar’s seven-film competition.

Also in the mix is Colombian feature “1989,” directed by Camilo Matiz and starring Vincent Gallo (who apparently acted in the film on his days off from the shoot of Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tetro”). Pic will be presented on closing night.

“Latin American films are less present than in previous years,” the fest’s artistic director, Jean-Christophe Berjon, told Daily Variety. “But having Latino fare at Critics’ Week continues to be an important tradition.”

This year, Belgium presents two competition features: Caroline Strubbe’s “Lost Persons Area,” about the relationship between a Hungarian engineer and a co-worker’s young daughter in the wake of a fatal accident, and Peter Brosen and Jessica Woodworth’s Andean-set drama “Altiplano,” starring Dardenne brothers fave Olivier Gourmet. “Altiplano” is the sole nondebut in the competition.

Also competing are Iraqi helmer Shahram Alidi’s “Whisper With the Wind” and Serbian director Vladimir Perisic’s “The Ordinary People.”

Fest will include two debuting French titles, as previously announced. “Nothing Personal,” director Mathias Gokalp’s dark corporate drama, will open the sidebar in a special screening. Featuring a handful of Gallic stars including Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Denis Podalydes and Zabou Breitman, pic will be distributed in France by Rezo with MK2 repping international sales.

Premiering in the competition, Gallic helmer Nassim Amaouche’s “Adieu Gary” (originally titled “Adieu Gary Cooper”) features French names Jean-Pierre Bacri and Angela Molina. StudioCanal will release it in July.

Both French productions will be competing for the Camera d’Or.

Gaul is also repped by closing-night short “La Baie du renard,” the first stab at helming by thesp Gregoire Colin.

“If there’s a common ground for this year’s selection,” Berjon said, “it’s the abundance of older, mature characters who suddenly find themselves in limbo, questioning both their origins and their surroundings.”

An additional feature for the Special Screenings session will be announced in the coming days.

COMPETITION
“Lost Persons Area,” Belgium, Caroline Strubbe
“Altiplano,” Belgium-Germany-Netherlands, Peter Brosen, Jessica Woodworth
“Huacho,” Chile, Alejandro Fernandez Almendras
“Adieu Gary,” France, Nassim Amaouche
“Whisper With the Wind,” Iraq, Shahram Alidi
“The Ordinary People,” Serbia-France-Switzerland, Vladimir Perisic
“Bad Day to Go Fishing,” Uruguay-Spain, Alvaro Brechner

COMPETITION SHORTS
“Runaway,” Canada, Cordell Barker
“Tulum,” Croatia, Dalibor Matanic
“Logorama,” France, H5
“C’est gratuit pour les filles,” France, Claire Burger, Marie Amachoukeli
“Together,” Germany-U.K., Eicke Bettinga
“Noche adentro,” Paraguay, Pablo Lamar
“Seeds of the Fall,” Sweden, Patrick Eklund

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
“Nothing Personal,” France, Mathias Gokalp (Opening film)
“Hierro,” Spain, Gabe Ibanez
“La baie du renard,” France, Gregoire Colin (Closing night short)
“1989,” Columbia, Camilo Matiz (Closing night)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS – SHORTS & MEDIUM-LENGTH
“Elo,” Brazil, Vera Egito
“Espalhadas pelo ar,” Brazil, Vera Egito
“Les Miettes,” France, Pierre Pinaud
“Faiblesses,” France, Nicolas Giraud
“6 Hours,” South Korea, Moon Seong-hyeok

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