San Sebastian’s pix-in-post showcases, which have launched notable films – Sebastian Lelio’s “Gloria” – and notable directors – Jayro Bustamante, who introduces his debut “Ixcanul” – will be canceled in 2022, with the screenings of six WIP Latam- titles taking place September 19 – 21. WIP Europe, with four titles, will run on September 19 and 20.
Included in the mix is a long-awaited title from Chile, “Penal Cordillera”, directed by Felipe Carmona, produced by Dominga Sotomayor and Omar Zuñiga and sold by Luxbox, and “A Strange Path”, by Brazil’s Guto Parente, whose “The Cannibal Club Acquired by Uncork’d Entertainment, created a stir by portraying a Brazil in which the rich literally eat the poor.
Also participating in WIP Latam is “A House in the Country”, by Davi Pretto whose “Rifle” – his second film, after the impressive “Castanha” – premiered at the 67th Berlinale Forum and won the Grand Prize at Jeonju Intl. film festival.
The highest profile title in WIP Europe is “Hesitation Wound”, from Turkey’s Selman Nacar, whose “Between Two Dawns”, a compelling study of the moral compromise of the Turkish ruling class, won WIP Europe in 2020 and then the prestigious San Sebastián played. New drivers sectional year.
A detail of this year’s selection:
“A house in the countryside”,(“Casa no Campo,” Davi Pretto, Brazil, France, Argentina)
After 15 years of absence, Amando returns home with her French boyfriend to her family’s sprawling ranch, located in a remote village in the plains of Brazil. She finds her father in a coma, leaving her entangled in a disturbing settlement between the village and the farmers.
“The castle,” (“El Castillo,” Martín Benchimol, Argentina, France)
Justina has been rewarded by her former employer for her lifelong devotion to her as a maid to a colossal mansion deep in Argentina’s Pampa. The only condition is that she must never sell it. Produced by Gema Films, in San Sebastian with competition player “Pornomelancholy.”.
“A Strange Path”, (“Estranho Caminho,” Guto Parente, Brazil, Portugal)
Stranded by the COVID-19 lockdown, filmmaker David reaches out to his estranged father, Gerardo, who he hasn’t spoken to in over a decade. When David arrives at his father’s apartment, strange things begin to happen.
“Punish Cordillera,” (Felipe Carmona, Chile, Brazil)
Four of the most ruthless torturers of Pinochet’s dictatorship are serving sentences of hundreds of years in a luxurious prison at the foot of the Andes. Fearing their transfer to a regular prison, the military officers will go to great lengths to stay, unleashing anger and violence in the mountains.
“sandra,” (Yennifer Uribe Alzate, Colombia, Chile)
Sandra, a single mother, lives with her teenage son and works as a security guard. She begins an affair with a local bus driver and discovers that there is more to life than just being a mother.
“Mexican Dream”, (“Sueño Mexicano,” Laura Plancarte, Mexico, UK
Malena struggles to finish her house, set up a business and receive an IVF will to conceive, and bring her family together under one roof as she’s always dreamed. Whether she can pull this off is another question. Plancarte’s follow-up to the well-received ‘Non-Western’, produced from Mexico by her own label, LP Films, and Ivan Trujillo at TV UNAM.
“The fall,” (“Klopka,” Nadejda Koseva, Bulgaria, Germany)
Yovo’s peaceful life on the banks of the Danube is disrupted when a wild boar is brought to the island. Meanwhile, a major foreign investor arrives in Yovo’s village to authorize a dumping ground for high-level nuclear waste. The boar, bigger and wilder than expected, kills the hunting dogs. Yovo has to bring in his well-trained dog to get the job done.
“Hesitation Wound,” (“Tereddüt Çizgisi,” Selman Nacar, Turkey, France, Romania)
A small-town criminal defense attorney, Canan, divides her time in the courthouse during the day and at her mother’s hospital bed at night. Canan must make a moral choice that will affect the lives of her mother, the judge and a murder suspect whose defense turns in his favor.
“Do you love me,” (“Ty Mene Lyubysh?” Tonia Noyabrova, Ukraine)
Kira’s idyllic teenage life in late Soviet Ukraine is shattered when she discovers her father has a mistress. The Soviet Union begins to fall apart: everything it thought it knew turns out to be an illusion. In search of love, warmth and hope for the future, she sees herself taking a dark, unexpected path.
“varvara,” (Anatol Durbala, Republic of Moldova, Romania)
Film revolves around Sasha who works for a natural gas company. When his wife gives birth two months in advance, Sasha scrambles for money to save their premature baby. But he refuses to take bribes, which threatens his job and leads to conflict with his colleagues.