San Sebastian's Cinema in Motion unveils Jacir's 'When I Saw You'

Brazilian Marcelo Gomes’ “Once Upon a Time Veronica” and Chilean Marialy Rivas’ “Young and Wild” will unspool in San Sebastian’s Films in Progress, a showcase for films at rough-cut stage.

Gomes’ “Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures,” which played Cannes’ 2005 Un Certain Regard, remains one of the most talked-about Brazilian first features of the last decade. “Veronica,” about a girl trying to make a new life for herself in Recife, slots into the co-production deal between France’s Urban Factory and Sara Silveira’s Sao Paulo-based Dezenove Som e Imagem.

Another burgeoning Latin American artpic producer with a keen eye for new talent, Pablo and Juan de Dios Larrain’s Fabula in Chile is producing “Wild,” the feature debut of LGBT pioneer Marialy Rivas. Pic’s about the bisexual daughter of fervent evangelist parents.

The other contenders are Benjamin Avila’s “Clandestine Childhood,” a tale of young love set under Argentina’s dictatorship, lead produced by Luis Puenzo’s Historias Cinematograficas; Gabriel Marino’s Mexican road movie “A Secret World,” about a 19-year-old trying to find herself; Colombian Juan Andres Arango’s “The Beach,” a Bogota-set coming-of-age drama; and Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori’s thriller “7 Boxes,” a rare Paraguayan production. Also announced Tuesday, San Sebastian’s Arab cinema rough-cut sidebar Cinema in Motion will highlight new productions from Palestinian Annemarie Jacir (“Salt of the Sea”) and Lebanese helming duo Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (“I Want to See”).

Jacir will present ’60s-set “When I Saw You,” about the 12-year-old son of a Palestinian refugee in Jordan; Hadjithomas and Joreige will unveil “Une fusee dans le ciel,” a docu-feature about Lebanon’s now-forgotten space program.

Cinema in Motion also features Lebanese Civil War docu “Confession and Struggle,” from Eliane Raheb, and Yahya Alabdallah’s “The Last Friday,” turning on a broke taxi driver’s attempts to win back the woman he loves.

“Friday” forms part of the Jordanian Royal Film Commission’s drive to back low-budget pics with high-profile stars, such as Ali Suliman (“Body of Lies”).

Cinema in Motion takes place Sept. 19; Films in Progress runs Sept. 20-21

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