Six Films Going to San Sebastian's Films in Progress

San Sebastian Awards - H 2011
Fabrizio Maltese for THR

The industry-friendly sidebar will overlap with the Latin American-Europe Co-Production Forum as the festival beefs up its market value

Six promising, unfinished films from Latin America, including the latest from Argentina’s Ana Katz, will compete in the San Sebastian International Film Festival’s ever-popular Films in Progress sidebar, organizers announced Wednesday.

Katz’s Mi Amiga del Parque, which participated in last year’s first Latin American-European Co-Production Forum in San Sebastian, focuses on a lonely mother’s budding friendship with a woman she meets in the park. Katz’s A Stray Girlfriend won the 2006 edition of Films in Progress and went on to screen at Cannes in 2007.

Films in Progress is a favorite with international buyers because it gives them a first glimpse at strong projects at a stage where they can be sculpted for international audiences. The top prizes in the sidebar award postproduction financing and a spot in the international festival circuit. This year’s edition also plays into the encouraging results from last year’s Latin America-Europe Co-Production Forum, which found financing for numerous projects and was the precursor for three films of this year’s Films in Progress. Both the sidebar and the forum will run from Sept. 22-24.

Two films from last year’s forum to find financing and reach this year’s Films in Progress are Brazil’s Ayl Muritiba-directed To My Beloved Dead, about a man’s quest to clear his dead wife’s name, and Jayro Bustamante’s Guatemala-France co-production Ixcanul.

The sidebar will screen three more Argentine co-productions: Sergio Castro’s La Mujer de Barro (Chile), Salvador del Solar’s Magallanes (Peru and Colombia) and Eugenio Canevari’s Paula (Spain), about a secretly pregnant maid unable find a solution for her problems.

San Sebastian runs in Spain’s northern Basque region from Sept. 19-27.