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Latin Pics Seeking a Helping Hand at Cannes

The Absent
An old man loses his house and land, then his mind as memories overwhelm him. But this is no social tract. Working for once on a decent budget, Pereda focuses on “a man’s links to his land,” says producer Edgar San Juan, shooting the forest and rolling ocean nearby in painterly static sequence shots.

She Comes Back on Thursday (pictured)
The everyday chronicle of Maria Jose and Alberto: married for 38 years, now near divorce, and how this impacts their two grown sons. Pic is Belo Horizonte-set, with the director and his family playing lead roles, unfussily framed and a wistful lament for the passage of time and sad separation of a family.

The Princess of France
The third installment in Pineiro’s Shakespeare project, which riffs on the spirited female characters in the Bard’s comedies. Here “Love’s Labour’s Lost” inspires a humor-laced roundelay of amorous dalliance set in Buenos Aires’ modern “off” theater scene. The biggest BAL prize-winner in April. “Viola” sold the U.S (Cinema Guild), France and Mexico. “Princess” may go even better.

She has a bullet lodged in her spine and uses a wheelchair — but can walk. He works on a dustcart picking up butchers’ scraps, has a gun and robs a pharmacy. Their story is an off-kilter romantic drama, “grounded in the poetry of runaway first love, and the surrealism of Buenos Aires,” says producer Ignacio Sarchi.

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