'Paraisos,' 'Porfirio,' 'Asalto' make 12-pic cut

MADRID — Yulene Olaizola’s “Paraisos artificiales,” Alejandro Landes’ “Porfirio” and Iria Gomez Concheiro’s “Asalto al cine” will unspool at Primer Corte, the films-in-progress showcase at the Ventana Sur mart for Latin American movies organized by the Cannes Market and Argentina’s Incaa Film Institute.

“Paraisos” follows a girl who travels to Mexico’s beautiful Tuxtlas coast to kick her heroin habit.

Developed at Cannes’ Cinefondation Residence and the Sundance Directors’ Lab, “Porfirio” turns on a wheelchair-bound man who hijacks a plane. Pic is backed by Colombia’s Antorcha Films (“Dog Eat Dog”) and Uruguay’s Control Z (“Whisky”).

Mixing Mexico City hip-hop youth and a slowburning cinema heist thriller, “Asalto” was one of the most commercial titles at September’s San Sebastian’s Films in Progress showcase.

Primer Corte, which attracts sales agents chasing titles before fest play, will unspool 10 titles at rough-cut stage and two more in 30-minute excerpts. This year’s lineup underscores the range of films coming out of Latin America, said Primer Corte curator Teresa Toledo.

Of better-known directors, Argentinean Marco Berger (“Plan B”) weighs in with “Ausente,” a teacher-student drama, while Brazilian thesp-turned-helmer Selton Mello will present his second directorial outing, “O palhaco.”

Argentina’s Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat will unveil half an hour from their fourth feature, “I’ll Get My Cigarettes and Be Right Back, Darling,” a “Faust”-like fantasy in which a middle-aged zilch revisits his past, avenges slights and amends errors.

Otherwise, eight of the 12 titles are feature debuts, drawing on Latin America’s well of new film talent.

Chilean Oscar Godoy debs with “Ulysses,” a Chile-set immigrant tale, produced by Pablo and Juan de Dios Larrain’s Fabula.Marcelo Toledo and Paolo Gregori will present “Chuva,” about two characters’ double lives.

Pics from Argentine first-timers, documentarian Hernan Belon and Nacho Garassino, bring an increasingly dread-laden, countryside-set maternity drama “El campo,” and prison break tale “El tunel de los huesos,” respectively.

Despite a strong Argentine presence, titles range far and wide in origins and co-production, however.

Guatemala’s Alejo Crisostomo will talk up “Faith,” about a priest’s loss of religious convictions, produced with Chile; “Mono con gallinas,” from Ecuador’s Alfredo Leon Leon, is a pacifist tale set during the 1941 Peru-Ecuador war. Leon Leon will show 30 minutes of first-cut extracts.

For the first time, films compete for cash awards to aid post-production. Pics were chosen from 105 submissions.

Ventana Sur runs Dec. 3-6 in Buenos Aires.

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