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‘Gasolina’ fuels Films in Progress

San Seb showcase picks 'Semana'

Julio Hernandez Cordon’s “Gasolina” and Celina Murga’s “Una semana solos” will be featured in San Sebastian’s successful Films in Progress showcase.

Cordon’s debut feature, turning on three petty delinquents in Guatemala, is the early fruit of the drive into Central American film production by Donald K. Ranvaud’s Buena Onda.

“Semana” is the sophomore pic of Murga, one of the leading femme voices of new Argentine filmmaking.

Further films selected include “Acne,” from Argentina’s Rizoma Films and Uruguay’s Control Z, which teamed on “Whisky” and “La Perrera.”

Rounding out Films in Progress will be “Sol na neblina,” from prolific German-Brazilian helmer Werner Schumann; “La extranjera,” from Argentine helmer Fernando Diaz; and actor Matheus Nachtergaele’s directing debut, the Amazon sect drama “A festa da menina morta.”

Films in Progress runs Sept. 25-26.

Festival has also unveiled the four titles in its Cinema in Motion section. Co-organized with the Amiens and Fribourg fests, it takes place on Sept. 24.

This year the section sports more femme than male directors. Leila Kilani, a leading Moroccan documaker, will screen “Nos lieux interdits,” which turns on imprisonment and torture in Morocco’s so-called Years of Lead under King Hassan II.

Also unspooling are U.S.-Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir’s “The Salt of This Sea”; “Je veux voir,” from Lebanese writer-helmer team Khalil Joreige and Joana Hadjithomas; and Mahmoud Al Massad’s Jordan-Netherlands co-production “Recycle.”

Cinema in Motion films compete for completion-finance awards.

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