Films in Progress unveils titles

Lineup includes 'Sciences,' 'Asalto'

MADRID — Diego Lerman’s “Moral Sciences” and Iria Gomez Concheiro’s “Asalto al cine” will feature at the 17th Films in Progress.

Showcasing Latin American pics in post-production seeking completion finance, Films in Progress unspools March 25-26 at Toulouse’s Rencontres Cinemas d’Amerique Latine.

“Sciences” is a 1982-set parable of repression at a school during Argentina’s military dictatorship.

Screenplay by Maria Meira and Lerman won a 2009 Sundance/NHK Intl. Filmmakers Award for best Latin American script. Project was developed at Cannes Cinefondation Atelier last year. Paris’ Pyramide Films has taken French and international rights.

Heist movie “Asalto” is Mexican Gomez Concheiro’s feature debut, produced by Roberto Fiesco’s Mil Nubes-Cine.

Also screening is Colombian Carlos Cesar Arbelaez’s long-in-the-works “Los colores de la montana,” a portrayal of the devastating effect of armed conflict on Colombia’s rural populace.

Similarly, “Distancia,” from Guatemala’s Sergio Ramirez, follows a father about to re-meet his daughter, 20 years after her kidnapping by the army.

Films in Progress also showcases two titles from the event’s 16th edition: Mexican Sebastian Hiriart’s unusual Mexico-U.S. immigration tale, “A tiro de piedra,” a mix of social and magical realism; and “Lucia,” from Chile’s Niles Jamil Atalah, recording a girl’s life over Christmas in Santiago de Chile.

Films in Progress often allows first or early peeks at pics that later garner major fest play, laurels and international biz.

September’s edition at the San Sebastian fest featured both Paz Fabrega’s top Rotterdam VPRO Tiger winner, “Cold Water of the Sea,” and Natalia Smirnoff’s Berlinale Competition player, “Puzzle,” sold by Memento Films Intl. to IFC for the U.S. at Berlin.

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