Seven unfinished films to screen at San Seb

Films in Progress spotlights Mexico, Chile pics, among others

MADRID -- Seven unfinished films from Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia and Chile will screen at the 58th San Sebastian International Film Festival in the Films in Progress sidebar, competing for post-production financing and a foothold in the international film festival circuit.

The popular sidebar enjoys an enthusiastic following from buyers looking to get a first glimpse of nearly-finished, promising projects from Latin America--many from past years have found slots in competition at Cannes, Berlin, Toronto and San Sebastian.

Organizers received 97 projects from 19 countries, slightly down from the 115 from last year.

Backed by a wide-range of professional entities, the top film wins post-production financing until receiving a 35mm English subtitled print. Other awards include 60,000 euros from pubcaster Television Espanola in exchange for Spanish broadcast rights and the Casa de America award with an additional 10,000 euros.

This year's crop includes: Bernardo Arellano's film centering on an autistic man "Between Night and Day," (Mexico); Gabriel Rojas Vera's ode to unfulfilled housewives "Karen Cries on the Bus," (Colombia); Kyzza Terrazas' drama "The Language of Machetes," (Mexico); Jose Luis Sepulveda and Carolina Adriazola's critique of Chilean society "Mitomana,"(Chile) and Carlos Moreno's follow-up to his 2008 "Dog Eat Dog," called "All the Dead," (Colombia), while Iria Gomez Concheiro's "Attack on the Cinema" (Mexico) and Sergio Ramirez's father-daughter reunion tale "Distance," (Guatemala) will have a second shot at the prize with a new version.
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