‘The Omission’ Wins San Sebastian’s Co-Pro Forum

Brechner's 'Memorias del calabozo' receives a Special Mention

“The Omission,” the feature film debut of Argentine writer-helmer Sebastian Schjaer, won the best project award at San Sebastian’s 4th Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum.

Sponsored by Spain’s Audiovisual Producer’s Rights Management Association (EGEDA), the award carries a Euros 10,000 ($11,160) cash prize.

Produced by Melanie Schapiro at Buenos Aires-based Trapecio Cine, an up—and-coming shingle, project has already secured backing from Rotterdam festival’s Hubert Bals Fund, Argentina’s Fundacion Typa and 3 Puertos Cine Workshop plus Cannes’ Cinefondation.

Film follows Paula, a 23-year old Buenos Aires-born girl, and her last wintry days in a inhospitable Southern Argentina city, where she’s looking for a job. Paula must battle with the harsh living conditions of the South but also with several unresolved aspects of her personal and family life.

In the film, “the intimate, silent tone coexists with young people of boundless vital energy, and money appears as the solution to social relations. People who run without direction and who grow with every blow,” according to Sebastian Schjaer, whose short “The Broken Past” played at Cannes’ 2015 Directors’ Fortnight.

With a completed screenplay, on which work will be carried out at the Cinefondation Residence, “The Omission” is scheduled to roll in July 2016.

Uruguayan writer-director Alvaro Brechner’s humanist survival drama “Memorias del calabozo,” one of the highest-profile projects at the Forum, received a Special Mention.

Produced by Mariela Besuievsky at Madrid’s Tornasol Films and Mariana Secco at Montevideo’s Salado, “Memorias” tells a true-life story of physical and psychological resistance of nine Tupamaro guerrilla members, imprisoned during ’70s Uruguayan dictatorship, and subjected to a solitary confinement which lasted 12 years and was aimed at driving them mad.

The San Sebastian Co-production Forum ran Sept. 21-23.

Popular on Variety

More Film


    'Dream Doll' Biopic on Barbie Doll Inventor in Development (EXCLUSIVE)

    “Dream Doll,” a biopic based on Barbie Doll inventor Ruth Handler, is in development with Bron Studios, Rita Wilson and Rare Bird Films, Variety has learned exclusively. The film will chronicle the life of Handler as she founded Mattel in 1945 and created the now-iconic Barbie doll, named after her daughter Barbara, in 1959. Handler [...]

  • hugh jackman tiff bad education

    HBO Buys Hugh Jackman Dramedy 'Bad Education'

    HBO will buy “Bad Education,” a dark look at corruption in a Long Island public school district that earned strong reviews after it premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The pact is for a reported $17.5 million, making it the largest deal of an otherwise lackluster movie market at the festival. With a [...]

  • MoviePass card

    How MoviePass's Former Chairman Plans to Save the Floundering Company

    Ted Farnsworth still believes that MoviePass, the high-flying subscription service that crashed to Earth in spectacular fashion, can soar again. The former head of Helios and Matheson Analytics, the data company that bought MoviePass in 2017 and turned it into a phenomenon by allowing customers to see a movie per day for $9.99 a month, [...]

  • Streaming Battle: Disney, Apple and More

    The Battle for Eyeballs Makes for an Action-Packed Streaming Arena (Column)

    It came as no surprise last week that Disney CEO Bob Iger had resigned from the Apple board since the two companies are poised to launch competing subscription streaming services in less than two months. But Iger’s departure (announced the same day that Apple revealed its Nov. 1 launch date and $5-a-month price point) underscores [...]

  • La vaca

    Alec Baldwin’s El Dorado Boards Debut by Chile’s Francisca Alegria (EXCLUSIVE)

    In what marks the company’s first Latin American project, Alec Baldwin’s El Dorado Pictures has boarded Chilean filmmaker Francisca Alegria’s debut feature, “The Cow Who Sang a Song About the Future.” The multi-Emmy-winning actor and his El Dorado partner Casey Bader will serve as executive producers of the film, slated to start principal photography in [...]

  • Inside Tinder's User-Controlled, Secret Streaming Sereis

    Inside Tinder's Secret Streaming Series (EXCLUSIVE)

    Popular dating app Tinder is set to release a choose-your-own-adventure-style original series in early October, marking its first outing as a content financier and distributor, numerous individuals close to the project told Variety. The series is set against an impending apocalypse, one of the insiders noted, and asks the question “Who would you spend your [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content