Spotlight: Ventana Sur

From festival standouts to crowdpleasers a select list of screenings to look out for:

LAS ACACIAS
Pablo Giorgelli, Argentina
A road movie and romantic tale. Cannes Camera d’Or winner. One of Latin America’s films of the year.
Sales: UDI

ALICIA, GO YONDER
Elisa Miller, Mexico
Shot on a shoestringbudget, film tracks a young woman as she explores the icy reaches of Patagonia.
Sales: Funny Balloons

AMERICANO
Mathieu Demy, France
First-time director Demy’s semi-autobiographical emotional odyssey with a show-stopping turn from Salma Hayek. An MPI North America pick-up: Bac

BAD INTENTIONS
Rosario Garcia Montero, Peru
A darkly comic rites of passage dramedy that establishes Garcia Montero as a talent to track.

BEHIND THE LIGHTS
Sandra Sanchez, Spain
A team of traveling gypsy fairground workers fight against the financial and emotional odds in Sanchez’s Galicia-set fly-on-the-wall docu.

BLACKTHORN
Mateo Gil, Spain
A Western from Alejandro Amenabar’s co-scribe in which a grizzled Sam Shepard plays an aging Butch Cassidy; an impressive territory seller.
Sales: 6 Sales

BONSAI
Cristian Jimenez, Chile
Dramedy wowed at Cannes Un Certain Regard. Sold to major territories, including Spain, U.K. and U.S. Rezo

CHINESE TAKEAWAY
Sebastian Borensztein, Argentina
A hit in Argentina and Spain — no mean feat — a heartwarming Ricardo Darin cross-culture buddy comedy with sales to Germany, France, Italy. Pic won top prize at Rome.
Sales: Latido

COUNTRY MUSIC
Alberto Fuguet, Chile
Shot in six days, Valdivia winner from Fuquet tracks a 30-plus Chilean guitarist who finds kinship with fellow musicians in Nashville.

THE DREAM OF LU
Carlos “Hari” Sama, Mexico
A grieving mother learns to move on after the death of her son.

EXPIRATION DATE
Kenya Marquez, Mexico
A dark comedy/mystery boosted by Damian Alcazar’s deep talent.
Sales: Latinofusion

THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT
Rafael Lara, Mexico
Lara (“La Milagrosa”) helms a psychological serial killer thriller with major territory sales potential.
Sales: Latido

GRABA
Sergio Mazza, Argentina
A husband and wife come to grips with the loss of their children in Paris. Mar del Plata player.
Sales: Primer Plano

JUAN OF THE DEAD
Alejandro Brugues, Cuba-Spain
Havana zombie comedy sparked key territory deals at Toronto.
Sales: Latinofusion

IN THE NAME OF THE GIRL
Tania Hermida, Ecuador
A 9-year-old confounds her Catholic familyby teaching her young cousins communism.
Sales: The Match Factory

THE MAN WHO LIVED IN A SHOE
Gabriella Gomez-Mont, Mexico
Doc looks at the family of “El Guero,” an eccentric fixture on Mexico City’s performance art scene.

MAPA PARA CONVERSAR
Constanza Fernandez, Chile
Feature debut evokes Polanski’s “Knife in the Water” in a tale of a lesbian couple. Sanfic winner.

MEDIANERAS
Gustavo Taretto, Argentina
A tightly shot debut about a young man and woman trying to find love in bustling Buenos Aires. A Berlin Panorama standout.
Sales: The Match Factory

THE MISFITS
Jorge Ramirez-Suarez, Sergio Tovar Velarde, Javier Colinas and Marco Polo Constandse, Argentina
A four-comedy collage, from seniors out to rob a bank to a suicidal man considering going porn.
Sales: FilmSharks

PENUMBRA
Adrian and Ramiro Garcia Bogliano, Argentina
A woman takes on renters in a well-crafted suspense. Austin player, picked up by IFC.
Sales: Primer Plano

PESCADOR
Sebastian Cordero, Ecuador
Cordero’s tale of lives disrupted after cocaine packets wash ashore in a fishing village preemed and pleased at San Sebastian.

ROMAN’S CIRCUIT
Sebastian Brahm, Chile
Craftily edited drama delivers an original take on the human brain’s memory circuits. A hit at Toronto, Special Jury awardee, Valdivia.
Sales: Shoreline

THE RUMBLE OF STONES
Alejandro Bellame, Venezuela
Venezuela’s Oscar contender follows a single mom who struggles to save her sons from gang violence prevalent in her barrio.
Sales: Amazonia

THE SQUAD
Jaime Osorio Marquez, Colombia
Sam Fuller meets “Rec” in Osorio’s horror/war parable. Impressive sales and a U.S. remake deal.
Sales: Wild Bunch

SWIRL
Clarissa Campolina, Helvecio Marins Jr., Brazil
Doc-style depiction of a recent widow’s changed life in deep Brazil. Sales: UDI

SEE YOU, DAD
Lucia Carreras, Mexico
Camera observes as a young woman with an all-consuming Electra complex creates a pocket universe to cope with father’s death.

TOGETHER FOREVER
Pablo Solarz, Argentina
A comedy about a scriptwriter’s loss of his wife and his grip on reality as he seeks to write a hit.
Sales: Primer Plano

TRIP
Fran Lepe, Guatemala
Based on real events and a same-titled hit musical, theatrical maestro Lepe’s feature debut has drawn crowds to Guatemalan multiplexes.

THE YEAR OF THE TIGER
Sebastian Lelio, Chile
Lelio’s third pic tracks a prison escapee who seeks his family after an earthquake. Impressed at Locarno and Valdiviar.
Sales: Funny Balloons

XINGU
Cao Hamburger, Brazil
Adventure biopic of Brazilian frontier explorers Villas Boas Bros. from Emmy-nominated Hamburger. Berlin player.

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