San Seb picks films for Horizontes

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MADRID -- Pablo Fendrik's "El Asaltante" and Enrique Fernandez and Cesar Charlone's "El Bano del Papa," two films that ran in the official lineup at the Festival de Cannes, will screen along with 16 others in the Horizontes Selection of the 55th annual San Sebastian International Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday.

Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron's son, Jonas, makes his directorial debut in the Horizontes sidebar with his "Nail Year," which focuses on the romance between a 21-year-old American girl and a pubescent Mexican boy.

Horizontes showcases films from around Latin America that have not been released in Spain. Participating features compete for the €35,000 ($47,750) Horizontes Award.

Along with "Asaltante" and "Papa," Ana Katz's "Una Novia Errante," Ernesto Contreras' "Parpados Azules" and Lina Chamie's "La Via Lactea" also will run in Horizontes after playing in Cannes. Chico Teixeira's "A Casa de Alice," an entry in Berlin's Panorama section, also will compete in the Horizontes.

In a sign of a growing crossover with the festival's Films in Progress section -- designed to help unfinished Latin American films with postproduction costs -- 11 of the titles in the Horizontes were previously entries in Films in Progress.

Among the films making the transition from Films in Progress to the Horizontes sidebar are Sergio Tovar Velarde's tale of tormented adolescence, "Aurora Boreal"; Luis Vera's metaphor on the social state of Chile, "Fiestapatria"; Rodrigo Marin's look at the contemporary female psyche, "Las Ninas"; Marcelo Masagao depiction of a city and its ills, "Otavio y las Letras"; and Liliana Paolinelli's prison family tale, "Por Sus Propios Ojos" (Argentina).

Making their international debut in the Horizontes selection this year are Esteban Sapir's "La Antena," a look at a totalitarian society; Claudio Assis' small-town tale "Bog of Beasts"; Jorge Hernandez Aldana's Diego Luna starrer "El Bufalo de la Noche"; Ivan Avila Duenas' "La Sangre Iluminada"; Andres Baiz's "Satanas"; and Sebastian Silva's homecoming story "El Viaje de Nonna."

San Sebastian runs Sept. 20-29 in Spain's northern Basque region.
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