Five European-Latin American co-productions for the 29th edition of Films in Progress
by Alfonso Rivera
- The Toulouse edition, which will be held on 17 and 18 March, has selected a Brazilian project along with five others born out of the collaboration between European and Latin American countries
Organised by a Spanish festival (the San Sebastian Film Festival) and a French festival (The Cinelatino Film Festival), Films in Progress promotes synergies between the Old Continent and the New World to support emerging directors. Following on from the 28th edition (see news article), which was held last September at San Sebastian, comes the 29th edition, which will be held in Toulouse on 17 and 18 March. The call for entries attracted 182 films currently in post-production from 17 countries, from which the selection committee chose one Brazilian film and five from other Latin American countries, all of which are European, above all French, co-productions. Let’s look at them in more detail.
A cidade do futuro is a Brazilian film (Coisa de Cinema) directed by Cláudio Marques and Marília Hughes, about new relationships, in this case the union between a young women who has fallen pregnant by a history professor and a 19-year-old farmer: is the town they live in prepared to accept such a thing? Secondly Brazil (Duas Mariola Filmes), France (Damned Films) and the Netherlands (Revolver Amsterdam) will be presenting Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl! by Felipe Bragança, which centres around the adventures of a young 13-year-old boy who falls in love with an indigenous Paraguayan girl. For his love to become a reality, the boy must face up to his big brother, a biker cowboy.
The Netherlands (Volya Films) and France (Mandra Films) also joined forced with Chile (Micromundo) to make Los niños by Maite Alberdi, which tells the story of a group of friends with Down’s Syndrome who have been in the same institution for 40 years and want to leave: they want to be independent, find themselves companions, have families and find jobs. Also being presented by these three countries – the Netherlands (Circe Films), France (Mômerade) and Chile (Diluvio) – with Germany (Unafilm) and Qatar, is Rey by Niles Atallah: the epic story of a French lawyer who, it seems, became the king of Patagonia in 1860.
The same setting is used in El Invierno [+see also:
film profile], the debut film by Emiliano Torres funded by Argentina (Wanka Cine and Ajimolido Films) and France (Cité Films), on two foremen – one elderly and newly retired, the other a young man and his replacement – trying to survive the winter. And in another hostile environment, the desert, a mechanic is convinced that he’s had a divine revelation and embarks on a crusade, barefoot, to save an injured friend: the workers in the mines see him as a Messiah in El Cristo Ciego [+see also:
film profile] by Christopher Murray, produced by Chile (Jirafa) and France (Ciné-Sud Promotion).
(Translated from Spanish)