Four Arab titles go to Cinema in Motion.
For the tenth anniversary of San Sebastian’s Films In Progress, six films from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Uruguay have been picked out of the 96 films received.
Among the films picked is Asalto a la fábrica de Caloventores, by Argentinian Estanislao Buisel Quintana [pictured], a romantic comedy about a man who wants to make a record about his life which ends up causing trouble in his job and with his girlfriend.
From Brazil comes Caru Alvez de Souza’s Underage, a drama about a woman who works as an attorney for youth who has to defend her own teenage brother.
Two films have connections with Chile: Gloria, by Sevastian Lelio, is a feelgood film about the nuances of a woman who confronts old age; while Sebastián Sepúlveda’s Las niñas Quispe, a co-production between Chile, France and Argentina, is a drama based on a true event about the tragic fate of three sisters who live isolated in the Argentinian high plains.
Ana Guevara & Leticia Jorge’s So Much Water, produced by Uruguay, Mexico and the Netherlands, is a drama about a divorced father who tries in vain to have a good relation with his children; while the final film picked is The Empty Hours, a co-production between Mexico, Spain and France, by Aaron Fernández which tells the story of a doomed romance between a motel owner and a mysterious woman.
The winner of the Films in Progress Award will get the cost of the post-production covered and distribution in Spain. It is provided by Daniel Goldstein, Deluxe Spain, Dolby Iberia, Imasblue, Kodak Cinema, Laserfim Nephlilm Producciones, No Problem Sonido and Vertigo Films.
The Norteado-Films in Progress Award is granted by Norteado film and provides $5,000 to the winning film, which is then selected for distribution in the Instituto Cervantes world network.
To mark the 10th anniversary of Films In Progress, a strand will be screened during the festival with the winning films of past editions. Films In Progress is celebrated twice a year, in San Sebastián and the Reencontres Cinémas d’Amérique in Toulouse.
Also at this year’s festival, four films have been picked for Cinema In Motion, where they will be shown in order to find finance for completion. Cinema In Motion is open to films from Maghreb, developing Arab countries and the African continent in general.
This year’s four films are: Hala Lofty’s Coming Forth By Day from Egypt, the story of two women who take care of a sick man; Kaouther Ben Hania’s Challat Of Tunis, about a psycho killer who targeted Tunisian women; The Golden Kalf, a co-production between Morocco and France, which recounts the journey of a young man who steals in order to pay for a trip to France; and Ahmed Nour’s Waves, from Egypt and Morocco, the story of the generation who made the Egyptian revolution.
The different kinds of aid anticipated for Cinema In Motion are:
• Mactari: €15,000 in sound mixing services.
• CNC (Centre Nacional du Cinéma et de L’image Animée): €10,000 towards the cost of post-production in France.
• Dubai International Film Festival : €5,000 towards the post-production costs of an Arab film.
• Festival International du Film d’Amiens: A 35mm without subtitles.
• Festival International de Films de Fribourg: A 35mm without subtitles.
• Titra Film: €2,500 towards subtitling in French or English.