San Sebastián's WIP Latam announces its selection
- Six works-in-progress coming from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico will participate at the festival's industry platform
San Sebastián International Film Festival's industry platform for Latin American films at the post-production stage, WIP Latam has selected titles from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico for its upcoming edition, set to take place during the festival, on 19, 20 and 21 September.
All six titles will compete for the WIP Latam Industry Award (granted by the companies Best Digital, Deluxe, Dolby Iberia, Laserfilm Cine y Vídeo, Nephilim Producciones, No problem Sonido and Sherlock Films, consisting of the post-production of one of the films presented until obtaining a DCP subtitled in English and its distribution in Spain) and the EGEDA Platino Industria Award (€30,000 for the majority producer of the winning film), while the two majority Brazilian productions will be eligible for the Projeto Paradiso Awards (a first prize of $10,000 and a second one of $5,000).
The films selected are two first fiction films: The Castle (El castillo) by Argentina's Martín Benchimol (who won the Best Mid-length Documentary Award at IDFA with The Dread, co-directed with Pablo Aparo), which follows a mother and daughter as they spend their last few months together in the Pampa in an enormous rundown mansion; and Mexican Dream (Sueño mexicano) by Mexico's Laura Plancarte, which follows a woman who, having survived domestic abuse, struggles to put her life back on track and rebuild her family with her new partner.
Also selected are the new works by Brazil's Guto Parente (O Clube dos Canibais, Inferninho), A Strange Path (Estranho Caminho), starring a director who returns to Brazil in 2020 to premiere his film at a festival and has to get back in touch with his father when the pandemic prevents him from leaving the country; and Davi Pretto (Rifle, Castanha), A House in the Country (Casa no campo), in which a woman returns to the remote family ranch in southern Brazil and must deal with her father’s death throes and with the local doctor in her determination to change the disturbing relationship between the landowner and his workers.
The selection is rounded off by two first features: Penal Cordillera by Chile's Felipe Carmona, centred on the four most ruthless generals of Pinochet’s dictatorship serving their sentence in a luxury prison at the foot of the Andes, and Sandra by Colombia's Yennifer Uribe Alzate, a portrait of the life of a single mother, a security guard, who, after an affair with a bus driver, embarks on the road to freedom through her own experience of desire.
The selected projects:
The Castle (El castillo) - Martín Benchimol (Argentina/France)
Production: Gema Films, Sister Productions
A Strange Path (Estranho Caminho) - Guto Parente (Brazil/Portugal)
Mexican Dream (Sueño mexicano) - Laura Plancarte (Mexico/UK)
A House in the Country (Casa no campo) - Davi Pretto (Brazil/France/Argentina)
Production: Atelier W, Vulcania Cinema, Dublin Films, Murillo Cine
Penal Cordillera - Felipe Carmona (Chile/Brazil)
Production: Cinestación, El Otro Film
Sandra - Yennifer Uribe Alzate (Colombia/Chile)
Production: Monociclo Cine, Pinda Producciones
(Translated from Spanish)
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