San Sebastian Fest: 'Magallanes' Wins Films in Progress Award

San Sebastian Awards - H 2011
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Salvador del Solar's directorial debut beat out five other Latin American film projects

Salvador del Solar's Magallanes on Wednesday night won the Films in Progress award as prize-giving got underway at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

The Peruvian actor's directorial debut portrays a man who's humdrum life suddenly changes when a woman he met while serving in Peru's military leaps into his taxi.

Magallanes, a Peru-Argentina-Columbia co-production, beat out five other promising, yet unfinished, film contenders. That included Jayro Bustamante's Ixcanul, which received an honorable mention from the competition jury.

The Films in Progress sidebar gives international buyers of Spanish-speaking films a sneak peek at strong projects aimed at the world market. Salvador del Solar just starred in Javier Fuentes-Leon's The Vanished Elephant, which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month.

Also in San Sebastian, the Europe-Latin America co-production forum award for the best 2014 project went to Armando Capo's Agosto, a Costa Rica-Cuba co-production. The jury gave an honorable mention to Walls, directed by Spain's Pablo Iraburu and Migueltxo Molina.

The San Sebastian festival runs in Spain’s Basque region until Saturday.