Sanfic Lab Spotlights Titles From Spain, Latin America

The Santiago de Chile Lab, the Santiago Film Festival’s industry initiative to support the development of Iberoamerican projects, selected 28 films, 14 novels, and 14 documentaries from hundreds of entries from Latin America and Spain.

Some titles were picked from industry events at other festivals, such as “Diamonds” by the Malaga Mafia; Sanfic Industry head and festival co-founder Gabriela said Constanza Figari’s “A Woman Wants to Die” won Sanfic’s award at Industria Guadalajara this year, and the Colombian production “MC Silencio” from Medellin, an emerging audiovisual center in Colombia. Sandoval.

The same goes for some documentaries, such as “The Silence of the Patio,” a gripping documentary about the dark history of Casa de la Beneficencia in Castellón, Spain, screened at Doc Valencia. Docu “Bloques Erraticos” is Thomas Woodroffe’s first feature-length feature document, whose critically acclaimed short films include “Austral Fever” and “Holding Desire.”

Fanfic Industry relies on its consultants for selection. For novel titles, they have producer and sales agent Arturo Pérez and Colombian Helmer Simon Mesa, who won the Palme d’Or at Cannes for his short film Laidi and whose debut, Amparo, was in Cannes last year. Film Critics Week.

Documentary consultants are Colombian producers and distributors Consuelo Castillo and Rodolfo Castillo, directors, producers of the Guadalajara International Film Festival, and DocuLab Filmmaker and program director.

This year’s San Diego Lab features projects from new and old talent from Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Venezuela, Guatemala, Spain, Ecuador, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.

“Diamond” (“Diamond”)

Bolivia, Argentina. Director: Yashira Jordan Producers: Empatia Cinema, Alvaro Olmos

Yashira Jordan’s Bolivia debut earned Sanfic honors to attend a coaching session with the Malaga mafia. It follows Petra, a rebellious indigenous teen, playing trap music. One day, she receives a message from her estranged father and begins to reunite with Leo de Vinci, a friend he met along the way.

“A Woman Wants to Die” (“Una Mujer Quiere Morir”)

Chile, France. Director: Constanza Figari Products: Niña Niño Films, Roberto Doveris

Winning the Sanfic Award in June for the Guadalajara co-production Meet, Figari’s second work after her acclaimed abortion drama “Siete Semanas.” As the title suggests, Fernanda wants to die, but her mother is bent on preventing her from committing suicide.

“MC Silence” (“MC Silence”)

Colombia. Director: Germán Arango Rendón aka Luckas Perro

Products: Briosa Films, Yira Plaza

The show, which won another Sanfic award at the June meetup co-produced in Guadalajara, focuses on Jeff, a young aspiring rapper who invites childhood friend Victor to perform with him. But Victor instead joined the paramilitary forces.

“Kicks of Soil” (“Pies de Tierra”)

Guatemala.Director: Leyzer Chiquin Product: Cuenca Studio

Up-and-coming Guatemalan director Leyzer Chiquin’s short film “Girl and Harp” at the American Film Festival in New York focuses on Argelia, a young Mayan girl from Guatemala who lives with her ailing mother and alcoholic father. When she discovers taekwondo, she finds meaning and escapes reality.

Canada, Mexico. Director: Andrea Martínez Crowther Products: MadreFoca, Luis Naguil

Created by the award-winning Canadian-Mexican Andrea Martinez, whose “Tiny” is produced by Guillermo del Toro. “Labranza” follows four farm workers at various stages of life who travel to a farm in Ontario, Canada, for an eight-month stay. There, each of them will have to face their own fears and limitations as they embark on the next phase of their lives.

“Murray La Paz”

Costa Rica. Director: Juan Luis Araya Products: En Tiempo Liquido, Patricia Velazquez

A play by Costa Rican actor Juan Luis Araya (“Gestacíon”) about a grandfather Torillo and his granddaughter who set out to find a lost mare. Torillo feels guilty over the death of a neighbor boy who was knocked over while rescuing two dogs he had abandoned. He tried to adopt the surviving dog, but the boy’s mother wanted it herself. Finding the mare is Tortilla’s last chance for redemption.

“South” (“El Sur”)

Chile.Catalog Pablo Cerda Rodrigo Pino Espinosa

Chilean actor and dancer Pablo Cerda’s second directorial journey. Pic opened up to a German journalist who traced the trail of illicit shipments to South America, which turned out not to be marijuana, but a more deadly drug. She fought against corrupt officials and international pressure to expose contraband.

“A Land Without Evil” (“Terra Sem Males”)

Brazil.Director: Giovanni Borba

Borba’s third feature film, the award-winning debut, “The Empty House,” had its world premiere at the Rio Film Festival. Also set in the countryside, “A Land of No Evil” focuses on the brothers of the Freitas family, whose plantations are plagued by severe drought. To escape their misery, the older brother accepted a job in the Amazon rainforest. When he didn’t hear from his brother, the younger brother accepted the same job he hoped to find his brother. The grinding work reveals the modern-day slavery system.

“I will mutate like a jungle animal” (“Mutaré Como Animal De Monte”)

Venezuela, France. Catalog of Hector Silva Nunes products. Genuino Films, Rudolf Cova

Produced by Rodolfo Cova, whose credits include Venice Golden Lion winner From Afar and Michel Franco’s Un Certain Regard winner Las Hijas de Abril. “Mutate..” tracks Brayan, 20, as he returns from the city to his African-American village in the remote Venezuelan jungle. Faced with the dilemma of leaving the country or embracing his ancestral home in a crisis, Breyon sets out to find answers hidden deep in the mountains.

“Freddy and Wellington”

Colombia. Catalog Carlos Augusto Roxas products. Calambur Films, Julian Sanchez

Writer Rojas’ debut feature, whose credits include the acclaimed short “Un Barril” and the miniseries “La Vida es Como,” centers on 10-year-old twin brothers who come face-to-face on a football pitch and forget about them are fighting for the fate of their community and the fate of a fisherman who was condemned years before they were born.

“Queen of the Forest” (“Reina del Bosque”)

Argentina, Chile. Directory of Lujan Loioco products.Free Films, Mariano Turek

Lococo’s third film follows a pregnant girl, Julia, who cares for her dying father she hasn’t seen in years. Together in their snowy cabin, they share a distant and reproachful bond. Isolation and the imminent approach to life and death create the illusion that the present, the past, and the dream coexist.

“What is left between us” (“Lo que queda entre nosotros”)

Chile. Catalog Carlos Dietborn products. Cinemadiccion, Paulina Costa

The debut of editor Dittborn, best known for his London shorts. The film focuses on a Chilean couple in their 30s who are immigrants from Paris. After 15 years together, they face the challenge of becoming new parents while Paris is gripped by terror.

Argentina, Chile. Catalogue Martin Emiliano Diaz products.Janvoca, Fernanda Chain Fuentes

“Professor Leda” (“Professor Leda”)

Colombia’s David David won two awards at the 2018 Sanfic Industria event for his debut work “La Frontera” (“The Frontier”) and another award at the Malaga Festival. His new film project centers on a teacher named Professor Leda, who examines a frequently absent student and discovers that his father, a former guerrilla fighter, has been struggling to return to civilian life, a family he has abandoned. At the same time, her students wanted to learn to play the accordion and become an artist.

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