Moreno, Terrazas play Progress

San Sebastian film festival reveals section

MADRID — Carlos Moreno’s “Todos tus muertos” and Kyzza Terrazas’ “El Lenguaje de los machetes” feature in the 18th Films in Progress showcase, one of the San Sebastian Film Festival’s key industry attractions.

Moreno’s second film, “Muertos” is his follow up to “Reservoir Dogs”-ish deb “Dog Eat Dog,” which was picked up for international by Celluloid Dreams and created buzz at Sundance in 2008.

Like “Dog,” Muertos” turns — if more tangentially — on Colombian mob violence, telling the story of a farm-worker who, on election day, inconveniently discovers a mass of corpses on his land.

A portrayal of the downward spiral of a couple — she’s a musician, he’s a self-destructive political activist –“Machetes” marks the feature film debut of Terrazas, a short story and script writer and producer, who, moving in the orbit of Mexico’s Canana Films, exec produced Gerardo Naranjo’s “Voy a explotar” and “Cochochi,” and wrote Gael Garcia Bernal’s feature debut “Deficit.”

A seven-film lineup, this year’s Films in Progress, which takes place Sept. 21 and Sept. 22, is heavy on pics from Mexico and Colombia, a sign of Mexico’s seemingly inexhaustible well of young talent and Colombia’s status as Latin America’s strongest new national cinema.

“Entre la noche y el dia,” turning on the ostracism of an autistic man, is helmed by Mexico’s Bernardo Arellano whose docu short “Zoogocho” was seen at Cannes Intl. Critics’ Week last year.

A third Mexican entry, cinema theater heist caper “Asalto al Cine,” from Mexico’s Iria Gomez Concheiro, already picked up the CineCinema Award at Toulouse Festival’s 17th Films in Progress event this March.

Its Euros15,000 ($20,100) cash prize reps the acquisition of pay TV rights by France’s CanalSat movie channel bouquet Cine Cinema.

Also screening re-cut, having played Toulouse, is “Distancia,” from Guatemala’s Sergio Ramirez, which follows a father about to re-meet his daughter, 20 years after her kidnapping by the army.

The section of rough-cut pics is rounded out by housewife emancipation movie “Karen llora en un bus,” from Colombian first-timer Gabriel Rojas Vargas, and “Mitomana,” directed by Chilean Jose Luis Sepulveda, about an actress who, re-creating her characters in real life, discovers the hypocrisy of contempo Chile.

The 58th San Sebastian festival runs Sept. 17-25.

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