The 51st Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival has unveiled the plethora of Latin American and Spanish films that make up its Latin Horizons, Made In Spain and Films In Progress sections.
The newly-created Latin Horizons (Horizontes Latinos) section separates out Latin American films from the former, all-encompassing Made In Spanish section, newly condensed to Made In Spain.
The revised system gives greater prominence to both cinematographies, part of San Sebastian's endeavour to be "the international platform for launching Hispanic cinema," in the words of festival director Mikel Olaciregui.
Films In Progress (Cine En Construccion) is the joint initiative with Toulouse launched to draw European financiers to unfinished Latin American - and some Spanish - films. Programme director Jose Maria Riba explains the prevalence of Argentine titles again this year: "More than half the entries came from Argentina, which may be because Argentina has a more supportive state support system than other countries."
Argentina dominates the Latin Horizons section, where films compete for a prize worth Euros 18,000 and some also compete for the New Director's prize. Many of this year's titles come from last year's Films In Progress programme. Two special screenings are Jorge Amat's autobiographical Voyage In Oxyplatine (Viaje En Oxiplatino) (Fr), and underground Spanish director Adolfo Arrieta's Narciso.
The full line-up includes: Ana Y Los Otros by Celina Murga (Arg); Bar El Chino by Daniel Burak (Arg); Cautiva by Gaston Biraben (Arg); Extrano by Santiago Loza (Arg); El Fondo Del Mar by Damian Szifron (Arg); Los Guantes Magicos by Martin Rejtman (Arg-Fr); O Homem Do Ano by Jose Henrique Fonseca (Br); La Mecha by Raul Perrone (Arg); El Polaquito by Juan Carlos Desanzo (Arg-Sp); Polvo Enamorado by Luis Barrios de la Puente (Peru); La Primera Noche by Luis Alberto Restrepo (Col); PyME (Sitiados) by Alejandro Malowicki (Arg); Rythm Of The Saints by Sarah Rogacki (USA); Siete Dias, Siete Noches by Joel Cano (Cuba-Fr-It); and Sin Ton Ni Sonia by Carlos Sama (Mex).
This year's Films In Progress participants include: El Transcurso De Las Cosas by Esteban Menis (Arg); El Cielito by Maria Victoria Menis (Arg); Fugaz by Victor Dinenzon (Arg); Meteoro by Diego de la Texera (Br); Otra Vuelta by Santiago Palavecino (Arg); La Sombra Del Caminante by Ciro Guerra (Col); Pueblo Chico by Fernan Rudnik (Arg); and first images from Los Suspiros De Mi Corazon by Enrique Gabriel (Sp/Arg).
Made In Spain will offer an overview of the diversity of Spanish productions from the year, with 15 titles including Isabel Coixet's My Life Without Me and Pablo Berger's Torremolinos 73.