MADRID — A double offering from Chilean arthouse force Fabula — Sebastian Lelio’s “Gloria” and Sebastian Sepulveda’s “The Quispe Girls” — have made the cut for the San Sebastian Festival’s 22nd Films in Progress, its Latin American pix-in-post showcase.
Films in Progress runs Sept. 25-26, immediately followed by the Spanish fest’s other key industry draw, the inaugural Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, creating a four-day block of events.
Lelio’s follow-up to critically-praised 2011 Locarno and Toronto player “The Year of the Tiger,” “Gloria,” about a live-wire 60-year-old mother confronting the onset of age with dignity, is a music and humor-laced departure for Lelio, said Fabula producer Juan de Dios Larrain.
“Girls” is grounded in the lives of three shepherd sisters, working in the high Andes in 1974, who took their own lives. Pic stars Catalina Saavedra and Francisca Gavilan. Marc Irmer’s Paris-based Dolce Vita Films co-produces.
Films in Progress highlights first or second films by young Latin American talent from Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.
“Hours,” from Mexico’s Aaron Fernandez, was developed at Cannes’ Residence. It turns on deception like his first feature, 2007’s “Used Parts,” which established him as a talent to track.
Unveiled at March’s 21st Films in Progress, part of Toulouse’s Rencontres Cinemas d’Amerique Latine, first-time helmer Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge’s spa-set family drama “Water,” produced by Uruguay’s Control Z, won the Cicae and Europa Distribution awards in Toulouse.
Brother-sister drama “Underage” is the debut of Brazil’s Caru Alves de Souza.
“Asalto a la fabrica de caloventores” is a rite of passage first feature from Argentinean short-filmmaker Estanislao Buisel Quintana.
Also announced Tuesday were pics in the Cinema in Motion strand, featuring films in post-production from the Maghreb, Arab countries and Africa. These include Tunisian Kaouther Ben Hania’s slasher docu “Challat of Tunis,” which won an International Project Showcase award at 2011’s Sunny Side of the Doc, and Moroccan teen portrait “The Golden Calf,” the second feature from Hassan Legzouli, who debuted promisingly with 2004’s “Testament.”
Egypt’s Ahmed Nour will present autobiographical docu “Waves,” compatriot Hala Lotfy bows her debut “Coming Forth By Day,” about a girl tending her sick father, which won last year’s Charlotte Rampling-curated Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Award.
Cinema in Motion takes place Sept. 24.