BARCELONA — Cristian Jimenez’s “Bonsai” and Julia Murat’s “Historias que so existem quando lembradas” are among six films at the 19th Films in Progress, hosted by Toulouse’s Rencontres Cinemas d’Amerique Latine.
Argentina and Chile produce or co-produce three projects apiece.
Showcasing Latin American pics in post-production seeking completion funding, Films in Progress unspools March 24-25. The second part of this twice-yearly confab takes place at the San Sebastian Festival this coming September.
“Bonsai” is the sophomore feature of Jimenez, whose “Optical Illusions” preemed September 2009 in San Sebastian’s Horizontes Latinos and was sold by Films Boutique. The Chilean helmer was selected for the Cannes festival’s 20th Cinefondation Residence to develop dramedy “Bonsai,” an adaptation of an Alejandro Zambra novel about the relationship between two literature students. Pic is co-produced by companies in Chile, France, Portugal and Argentina.
Brazil, France and Argentina produce “Historias.” Documaker and editor-turned-fiction director Murat portrays a fictitious Brazilian hamlet surrounded in the ’30s by sprawling coffee plantations, but now a ghost village.
Also screening is Argentina’s “El Notificador,” helmed by first-timer Blas Eloy Martinez. It chronicles a civil servant whose daily job is to update people on the state of their lawsuits.
Also Argentinean, Mariano Luque’s “Salsipuedes” turns on a couple’s idyllic vacations, interrupted by the arrival of the mother-in-law.
Films in Progress also showcases Chilean-German co-production “Sentados frente al fuego,” a mature love drama by debuting Chilean Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, which picked up first prize at Buenos Aires Lab’s Co-Production Meetings in 2008.
Also from Chile: Rodrigo Marin’s “Zoologico,” a coming-of-age tale turning on three teens. Uruguay co-produces.
Films in Progress often allows first or early peeks at works that later gain fest success and international sales.
At September’s edition, held at the San Sebastian festival, Bernardo Arellano’s “Entre la noche y el dia” and Iria Gomez Conchiero’s “The Cinema Hold Up,” both from little-known Mexican helmers, nabbed top honors.
“Cinema’s” international rights have been acquired by Shoreline Ent.