13 Latin American Films to Unspool at San Sebastian Fest

The films will compete for a cash prize of 35,000 euros.

MADRID – Thirteen films from seven Latin American countries will vie for the Horizontes Latinos (Latin Horizons) Award and a cash prize of 35,000 euros ($50,000) at this year’s San Sebastian Film Festival, organizers announced on Thursday.

Mexico’s crime problems are the subject of two movies from that country: Miss Bala, directed by Gerardo Naranjo, about a beauty contest set upon by warring gangs; and Iria Gómez’s Asalto al Cine (The Cinema Hold Up).

Also representing Mexico is Entre La Noche y El Dia (Between Night and Day) that tells the story of an autistic young man who flees domestic abuse and finds a haven in nature.

Chilean director Christian Jimenez’s Bonsai is a tragi-comic love story between two youngsters, while compatriot Renato Perez will present his debut film, Anónimo (Anonymous), the tale of a man with a dark past who strikes up a strange relationship with his landlady’s teenage daughter. 

Abrir Puertas y Ventanas (Back to Stay), by debutante helmer Milagros Mumenthaler, narrating the lives of three sisters living in their late grandmother’s house,  is one of three Argentine productions which also include Las Acacias, by Pablo Giorelli, and Oscar Godoy’s Ulises (Ulysses), on the misadventures of a Peruvian immigrant in Chile. 

Colombia’s Carlos Moreno will unspool Todos Tus Muertos (All Your Dead Ones), about a farmer who finds a pile of dead bodies on his land, and Colombian-Ecuadorian director Alejandro Landes is to present Porfirio, the story of a man injured in Colombia’s conflict who takes the law into his own hands. 

Brazil will present two entries: Girimunho, by Helvecio Marins and Clarissa Campolina, about an elderly widow’s life in a small village; and Julia Marat’s Historias Que So Existem Quando Lembradas, the story of a young man’s attempts to unravel the mysteries of a ghost town where the inhabitants are tied to never-ending routines.

Rounding off the slate is Pescador, by Ecuadorian filmmaker Sebastian Cordero, the tale of a fisherman who stumbles on a load of cocaine and becomes an impromptu drug dealer. 

This year's 59th edition of the festival in the Spanish seaside town of San Sebastian runs from Sept.16-24.