×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘The Desert Bride’ Leads Feature Debuts Vying for SANFIC International Prize

Matt Dillon a special guest of the Santiago Int'l Film Fest, which runs from Aug. 20-27

The Desert Bride,” starring the grande dame of Chilean cinema, Paulina Garcia, heads a stellar international competition lineup at Chile’s 13th Santiago Int’l Film Festival (SANFIC), which unspools Aug. 20-27, where first-time filmmakers of both fiction and docu features compete among more established filmmakers.

The directorial feature debut of filmmakers Valeria Pivato and Cecilia Atan, the Argentine-Chilean co-production had its world premiere at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard this year. Drama centers on the travails and life-changing experience of a long-time maid in Argentina who is forced on a journey across the desert towards new employment.

Also vying for the international competition prize is Venezuelan tyro Gustavo Rondon’s directorial debut “The Family,” which had its world debut in Cannes’ Critics Week. The father-son drama is one of many notable films emerging from Venezuela despite the political and economic crisis roiling the country.

Argentine producer-thesp Ivan Granovsky vies for the big prize with his directorial debut, “The Territories,” a co-production between Brazil and Argentina. Documentary begins in post-Charlie Hebdo attack Paris where Granovsky embarks on a journey to sites of geo-political conflict in a bid to follow in his renowned journalist father’s footsteps. Docu world premiered at the Rotterdam Film Fest early this year.

Brazilian film critic/academic Gabe Klinger’s fiction feature debut, Portuguese-set “Porto,” stars the late Anton Yelchin in one of his last screen performances. Executive produced by Jim Jarmusch, the romantic drama world premiered at San Sebastian before making the rounds of international festivals, including Rotterdam, Thessaloniki, Torino, Guadalajara, South by Southwest and Buenos Aires’ Bafici. Romantic drama follows two strangers, an American and a French student, who have a brief affair.

Spanish newcomer Carla Simon brings her feature-length debut “Summer 1993” to compete at SANFIC after its win at the Berlinale’s Kplus Generation sidebar where it took Best First Work and the Grand Prix of the International Jury. Simon has also since been awarded best director at Bafici’s International Competition. Drama pivots on a six-year-old orphan who struggles with her new life in the Catalan countryside where she has moved to live with her aunt and uncle, her new legal guardians.

At a press conference today, SANFIC director Carlos Nuñez announced that Chilean art director Natalia Videla, Chilean actress Aline Kuppenheim and Swiss cinematographer Reiner Klaussman have been confirmed as jurors and that Matt Dillon is this year’s special guest.

13th SANTIAGO INTL. FILM FESTIVAL, INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION LINEUP: 

“Autumn,” (Jang Woo-Jin, South Korea)

“The Family,” (Gustavo Rondon Cordova, Venezuela-Chile-Norway)

The Desert Bride,” (Valeria Pivato, Cecilia Atan, Argentina-Chile)

“The Territories,” (Ivan Granovsky, Argentina–Brazil)

“Makala,” (Emmanuel Gras, France)

“ In the Intense Now,” (Joao Moreira Salles, Brazil)

“Porto,” (Gabe Klinger, Portugal –US– France – Poland)

Resurrecting Hassan,” (Carlo Guillermo Proto, Chile – Canada)

“Summer 1993,” (Carla Simon, Spain)

More Film

  • Michael B. Jordan arrives at the

    Michael B. Jordan to Star in Warner Bros.' 'Methuselah' Movie

    Michael B. Jordan will produce and star in a “Methuselah” movie for Warner Bros., based on the Biblical story of a man who lived to be 969 years old. Jordan will produce through his Outlier Society production company along with Heyday’s David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford. Warner Bros. has been developing the project for many [...]

  • Davids Chief Piera Detassis on Revamping

    Davids Chief Piera Detassis on Revamping Italy's Top Film Awards

    Piera Detassis recently became the first woman to head the David di Donatello Awards, Italy’s equivalent of the Oscars. Since then she’s been busy overhauling the inner workings of the prizes that will be awarded on Wednesday. Detassis, also the editor of Italian film publication Ciak, spoke exclusively to Variety about the challenges she’s faced [...]

  • Matteo Garrone's 'Dogman' Leads Davids Awards

    Matteo Garrone's 'Dogman' Leads Davids Awards Race

    With 15 nominations Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman” leads the pack of contenders for Italy’s David di Donatello Awards in a watershed year for the country’s top film nods that sees highbrow auteur titles reaping most of the David love just as local box-office grosses hit an all-time low. Garrone’s gritty revenge drama is followed closely with [...]

  • steven spielberg Apple TV Plus

    Steven Spielberg's Apple Appearance Riles Up Social Media: 'Big Old Mixed Message'

    Many Hollywood heavyweights flocked to Apple’s Cupertino, Calif. headquarters to help reveal the tech giant’s revamped steaming service Apple TV+ on Monday — but one such legend was so polarizing he became a national trending topic on Twitter for simply showing his face. Steven Spielberg was the first to appear in a dramatic short film [...]

  • Michael Lynne

    Former New Line Co-Chairman Michael Lynne Dies at 77

    Michael Lynne, the former co-chairman of New Line Cinema who played a key role in shepherding the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, has died at his New York home. He was 77. Lynne’s death was confirmed Monday by longtime business partner Robert Shaye, who told Variety that Lynne’s family had informed him of Lynne’s passing [...]

  • Marisa Liston

    Sony Veteran Marisa Liston to Lead Lionsgate Movie Publicity

    Lionsgate has named Sony Pictures veteran executive Marisa Liston to lead all feature film and motion picture group publicity and communications strategy. Liston, who departed Sony in late 2018 after 17 years, has been assigned the newly created title of head of global earned media and communications. She will oversee domestic and international feature film [...]

  • Studios Spurn WGA Request to Ban

    Studios Reject WGA Request to Ban Non-Franchised Talent Agents

    Studios have rejected a request by the Writers Guild of America to bar non-franchised talent agents if the current franchise agreement expires on April 7, saying it could expose them to extensive legal damages. The WGA will hold five days of member voting starting March 27 on a proposed “code of conduct” eliminating agency packaging [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content