The San Sebastian Film Festival unveiled the lineup for its Horizontes Latinos section on Tuesday. Eighteen Spanish and Latin American pics will compete for a $48,000 cash prize.
Selection includes Esteban Sapir’s “The Aerial,” Sergio Tovar Velarde’s “Aurora boreal,” Enrique Fernandez and Cesar Charlone’s two-hander “The Pope’s Toilet” and Jorge Hernandez Aldana’s “The Night Buffalo.”
“Aerial” is an Argentine sci-fi pic about media moguls, and “Buffalo” is a drama helmed by first-timer Aldana and co-written with Guillermo Arriaga that depicts a gloomy love triangle.
Mexican helmer Velarde’s “Aurora boreal” is a portrait of a teenager on the brink of suicide; and, set during Pope John Paul II’s trip to Uruguay, “Toilet” focuses on a man trying to make a quick buck from charging for the use of a toilet during the papal visit.
Among other selections, romantic drama “Year of the Nail” marks the debut of Alfonso Cuaron’s son, Jonas Cuaron, while Pablo Fendrik’s “The Mugger” is an intimate real time study of a man in search of unusual kicks.
Honored by a feature prize at last year’s Brasilia Film Festival, Claudio Assis’ “Bog of Beasts” takes a raw look at depravity. Also from Brazil, Chico Teixira’s “Alice’s House,” a Fipresci prize winner at Guadalajara, delivers a portrait of a working-class woman in her 40s.
Another femme portrait is seen in the Antonioni-style picture “A Stray Girlfriend,” from Argentina’s up-and-coming distaff director Ana Katz.
In “Otavio e as Letras,” Brazilian Marcelo Masagao analyzes a big city from the writing, letters and graphics that its population generates.
Argentine first-timer Liliana Paolinelli weaves a yarn about prisoners and their wives in “Por sus propios ojos.”
Horizontes Latinos’ spread underscores a gathering sea change in Latin American filmmaking: The move from political and social-issue pic toward more intimate and introspective films.
Among them, Ivan Avila Duena’s “Enlightened Blood” criss-crosses the lives of six characters, and Lina Chamie’s “The Milky Way” traces a relationship set against — and frustrated by — a big city context.
Colombian Andres Baiz’s “Satanas” recounts a violent priest’s passion for his housekeeper.
Mexican first-timer Sebastian Silva introduces a touch of humor into the panorama with “El viaje de la nonna,” about a grandmother who forgets almosteverything.
Section is rounded out by Luis R. Vera’s Dogma-inspired uber-drama “Fiestapatria,” Rodrigo Marin’s “The Girls,” an intimate portrait of two women, and Ernesto Contreras’ love blues drama “Blue Eyelids,” which took the Ibero-American prize at the Guadalajara fest.
Also just unveiled, the fest sidebar Made in Spain includes Pablo Garcia’s “Bolboreta, Mariposa, Papallona,” Jose Maria Orbe’s “La linea recta” and Antonio Mercero’s “Y tu quien eres?,” among others.
The San Sebastian Film Festival runs Sept. 20-29.
“The Aerial,” Argentina, Esteban Sapir
Cast: Valeria Bertuccelli, Alejandro Urdapilleta, Julieta Cardinali
“The Year of the Nail,” Mexico, Jonas Cuaron
Cast: Diego Catano, Eireann Harper, Mariana Elizondo, Katie Hegarty
“The Mugger,” Argentina, Pablo Fendrik
Cast: Arturo Goetz, Barbara Lombardo, Maya Lesca, Guillermo Arengo
“Aurora boreal,” Mexico, Sergio Tovar Velarde
Cast: Jose Luis Martinez, Renato Bartilotti, Miguel Ramos Arizpe, Erika Rosales
“Bog of Beasts,” Brazil, Claudio Assis
Cast: Mariah Teixeira, Fernando Teixeira, Caio Blat
“The Pope’s Toilet,” Uruguay, Enrique Fernandez, Cesar Charlone
Cast: Cesar Troncoso, Virginia Mendez, Virginia Ruiz, Mario Silva
“The Night Buffalo,” Mexico, Jorge Hernandez Aldana
Cast: Diego Luna, Liz Gallardo, Gabriel Gonzalez, Irene Azuela, Camila Sodi
“Alice’s House,” Brazil, Chico Teixeira
Cast: Carla Ribas, Berta Zemel, Zecarlos Machado
“Fiestapatria,” Chile-Peru, Luis R. Vera
Cast: Adela Secall, Marcela Osorio, Nelson Brodt, Tatiana Astengo
“The Girls,” Chile, Rodrigo Marin
Cast: Antonia Santa Maria, Sofia Oportot
“A Stray Girlfriend,” Argentina, Ana Katz
Cast: Ana Katz, Carlos Portaluppi, Daniel Hendler, Catherine Biquard
“Otavio e as letras,” Brazil, Marcelo Masagao
Cast: Doninette Mazonas, Arieta Correa, Fabio Malavoglia
“Blue Eyelids,” Mexico, Ernesto Contreras
Cast: Cecilia Suarez, Enrique Arreola, Ana Ofelia Murguia, Tiare Scanda
“Por sus propios ojos,” Argentina, Liliana Paolinelli
Cast: Ana Carabajal, Luisa Nunez, Maximiliano Gallo, Mara Santucho
“Enlightened Blood,” Mexico, Ivan Avila Duenas
Cast: Gustavo Sanchez Parra, Joustein Roustand, Enoc Leano
“Satanas,” Colombia, Andres Baiz
Cast: Damian Alcazar, Marcela Mar, Blas Jaramillo, Teresa Gutierrez
“The Milky Way,” Brazil, Lina Chamie
Cast: Marco Ricca, Alice Braga, Fernando Alves Pinto
“El viaje de la nonna,” Mexico, Sebastian Silva
Cast: Ana Ofelia Murguia, Veronica Langer, Rodrigo Murray, Julio Bracho, Jimena Ayala