San Sebastian unveils Motion lineup

Isabel Coixet docu to world preem at fest

Two Iraqi pics are among the four that have been selected to play as part of San Sebastian’s 6th Cinema in Motion sidebar.

Films eligible for the sidebar, which showcases work seeking completion finance, are in rough cut and helmed by filmmakers from the Maghreb, Portuguese-speaking Africa and Arab countries.

An Iraq-U.K. co-production, Atia and Mohamed Al-Daradji’s “House for Sale” turns on 32 kids living crammed into one room. “Chaplin of the Mountains,” helmed by Kurdish-American Jano Rosebiani, follows a Kurdish TV star and a women’s rights activist showing Charlie Chaplin films in remote Iraqi villages.

Also screening is “Sur la planche,” the third feature from Moroccan docu filmmaker Leila Kilani, turning on two twentysomething Moroccan girls trying to achieve their dreams in a tough working environment in Tangiers.

A Jordan-Netherlands co-production, “This Is My Picture When I Was Dead,” is directed by documentarian Mahmoud al Massad and explores the Palestinian conflict through the murder of 4-year-old Bashir and his father. “Picture” was also selected by the Dubai Film Connection Festival co-production market. Al Massad won Cinema in Motion with “Recycle.”

Also looking East is “Aral, el mar perdido,” the latest work of Spaniard Isabel Coixet, which will world preem at the Basque fest in a retrospective devoted to docs, Doc — New Paths of Non-Fiction.

The sidebar includes 40 titles ranging across a diversity of trends and subgenres, from the mockumentary to radical art pics. All docus are from the past 10 years.

“Aral” looks at the Aral Sea, a saline lake in Central Asia between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan that once covered 30,000 square miles and is now about to dry up because of irrigation projects.

Showcase will include Andrei Ujica’s “The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaucescu,” which was well-received at Cannes, and Frederick Wiseman’s “Boxing Gym,” chronicling events in a Texas gym.

Other titles are Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Mysterious Object at Noon” (2000), Naomi Kawase’s “Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth” (2001), Albertina Carri’s “The Blonds” (2003), Spike Lee’s “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts” (2006), Joaquim Jorda’s “Beyond the Mirror” (2006), Agnes Varda’s “The Beaches of Agnes” (2008), and Raymond Depardon’s “Modern Life” (2008).

One of the Spanish-speaking world’s main movie events, San Sebastian unspools Sept. 17-25.

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