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San Sebastian WIP Latam, WIP Europa: The Lineup

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Argentina’s Manuel Abramovich, Ecuador’s Anna Christina Barraguna and Ukraine-descent Oksana Baichkova, all major festival winners, will present their latest films San Sebastian’s Pick-in-Post Strand, WIP Latam and WIP Europa to viewers, 20 Sept. -22.

Sections promise discovery. They also underscore a reality. As pre-sales of art film declined, public-sector equity financing increased, and producers were using the film’s funds around the world through international co-production. WIP Latam has four production partners, averaging six films. Sales, which the films now seek in San Sebastian, are growing increasingly hot on the cake.

A drill down the title:


“Angry girl,” (“La Hija de Todas Las Rabias,” Laura Baumister, Nicaragua, Mexico, Netherlands, Germany, France, Norway)

Nicaraguan Laura Baumister made a sensational debut which won three of the four awards proposed at San Sebastian’s 2019 Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum. Since then it has grown into a production partner and plot detail, introducing 11-year-old Maria, who suffers in anger at the abandonment of her mother in a garbage dump in the Nicaraguan capital Managua. She uses her dreams to explain what happened.

“Dos estaciones,” (Juan Pablo Gonzalez, Mexico, France, USA)

Los Altos de Jalisco is a legacy of the traditional Tequila factory in the highlands, a plague that fights floods but above all foreign pressure suffocates its sense of business and identity. Featured debut by Gunzalez of Mexico, whose “Por Cui El Ricardo” (2014) appeared at Cannes Critics Week.

“A man,” (“Ann Varane,” Fabian Hernandez, Colombia, France, Netherlands, Germany)

The first feature of Fabian Hernandez of Colombia is the introduction of Carlos, a Bogota boarding school student who is forced to hide his sexuality, mimicking male stereotypes that he does not recognize.

“Octopus Skin,” (“La Piel Palpo,” Anna Christina Barragon, Ecuador, Greece, Mexico, Germany)

A Sundance Morelia developed in the workshop, another feature of Ecuadorian writer-director Anna Christina Barragon, which addresses the complexities of human relationships. This is after his acclaimed debut, Alba, submitted an Oscar to Ecuador. Here, set on a rocky island, the intimacy of the twin brotherhood transcends normal limits. Shocked by her mother’s suicide, Sister Iris decides to go to town alone for the first time.

“Pornomelancolia,” (“Pornomelancolía,” Manuel Abramovich, Argentina, Brazil, France, Mexico)

There is a dock feature on Lalo who lives in the mountains of Mexico and he is a sex influencer. He is also HIV positive. “Reflecting the boundaries of intimacy in an age where day-to-day and content has become a show for others to see,” Abramovich said, the pornomelancholia picture Lalo is mapping in real life to its non-existent emptiness. Gemma Juarez Allen in Argentina’s Gemma Films (“Lina de Lima”) with Rachel Daisy Ellis in Desvia, Brazil, co-author and producer of Sundance Hit Divine Love, Dublin Films in France and Martz Films in Mexico.

“Vicenta B.” (Carlos Lechuga, Cuba, Colombia, Netherlands, France)

The lead produced by Claudia Calviano in Cuban Raw Films, sold by Habanero, is the third feature of Carlos Lechugaar, whose Santa and Andres starred in 2016 in Horizons Latinos in Toronto and San Sebastian. Havana who can see the future of man, when her son leaves Cuba, is unable to understand what is happening in her life or why she is being left alone in Cuba.

WIP Europa

“Carbon,” (Ion Bore, Republic of Moldova, Romania)

The first feature of the Moldovan bourgeoisie, whose debut short One Les One More won the Best International Short Debut Award at the Huesca Festival in Spain. Set in the 90s, Carbon sees Dima and Vasia enlisted in the army. On the way forward, they stumble across a carbonized body and go out to establish its identity.

“A Hero of Our Time” (“Zamanimizin Bir Kahramani,” Mirak Atabe, Turkey)

Atabe, a former student of the Doc Nomads Masters program in Europe, reveals his traits through the story of middle-class Mert, who leaves his comfortable life in Istanbul to complete a funeral for his father in a small Anatolian village. Then, within three days, his life was cut short.

“A long break,” (“Didi Sheshveneba,” David Pirskhalva, Georgia)

The first feature of Georgia’s Pirsakhlava, whose first younger, father, won the Golden Pardino in Locarno, where Sitsi reunites a school with a secret mission to punish the former school bully, 13 years after leaving school. “In my school, bullying, abuse and beatings were almost daily rules,” Pirskhalva recalls. Another question is whether the injured Tisty will take any kind of cathartic revenge.

“Lucky girl,” (“Ya, Nina,” Marisia Nikitiuk, Ukraine, Germany)

The second feature as a director of the growing Nikitiuk is its debut, When Trees Fall একটি a domestic-blend-epoch-story with local sub-plots and magic realities বাজারে brought to market by Latido Films in Berlin 2018. Nariman Aliyev’s selection of homewords, which he wrote, also established Cannes 201 Un Un Specific Resorts to track him as a movie. Based on true events, Lucky Girl seeks the release of a TV star’s emotions when she is diagnosed with cancer and loses an arm, until she receives experimental treatment that makes her fight for her life.

“Mission to Mars,” (“Misión a Marte,” Amat Vallmajor, Spain)

A Catalan director and alumnus of San Sebastian’s Elias Carrejeta Zine Izcola, Valmazore’s pictures are described as future road trips through the family past: in a post-apocalyptic Basque country, two brothers on a mission to Mars. They will need their sister Mila, some demons, and Jesus Christ to complete their journey. Miraculous low-fi sci-fi.

“Nina,” (Oksana Baichkova, Russia, Georgia)

WIP is the latest from the best-known director in Europe, whose films almost always do something. In this one, about 40, interesting and successful, in a stable marriage, a call comes from the ex-boyfriend Ruslan, who is seriously ill and tells her to come to Tbilisi, probably for the last time. “Nina goes to town to support Ruslan as a friend,” the summary goes. “She is sure that she loves her husband and will return to the country soon. But this short journey will be his last. ”

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