San Sebastian Unveils 'Latin Horizons' Titles

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One of the most popular sections, the sidebar makes good on the festival's reputation as the gateway for Latin American Films to Europe.

MADRID - The latest films from veterans like Mexican Carlos Reygadas (Post Tenebras Lux) and newcomers such as Chilean Marialy Rivas  (Young and Wild) will mix in the Latin Horizons section of the 60th San Sebastian International Film Festival, organizers announced Tuesday.

Twelve titles from Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Brazil and Colombia that have screened elsewhere will compete in the section showcasing the season's harvest of Latin American films yet to be commercially released in Spain. The winner gets a prize of 35,000 euros ($43,508).

Reygadas' film, which competed in the Official Selection in Cannes and won the Best Director Award, describes the life of Juan and his family in a country house, a world away from pleasure and suffering, while Rivas' film -- which garnered the Best Screenplay award in the World Cinema section at Sundance -- depicts a 17-year-old girl with a Christian family upbringing who discovers a devastating obstacle to following the traditional path.

Others films competing in the sidebar include: Michel Franco's After Lucia; Rodrigo Pla's The Delay; and Marcelo Gomes' Once Upon a Time Veronica.  Benjamin Avila's directorial debut, Clandestine Childhood, which bagged the 2011 Films in Progress Casa de America Award in San Sebastian and went on to screen in Cannes' Directors' Fortnight, will open the showcase with a moving tale of false passports, hiding places in the garage, sudden house changes, made-up birthdays and secret visits to your grandmother.

Five other directorial debuts and Alicia Cano's The Bella Vista -- a documentary about the transformation of a house from a small football club to a transvestite brothel to a Catholic church in a small, conservative Uruguayan town -- round out the section.

San Sebastian runs in Spain's northern Basque region Sept. 21-29.