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Films in Progress 33 presents six films from Brazil, Chile and Mexico
The 33rd edition will take place on 22 and 23 March in the framework of Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse
Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Films in Progress is a professional platform which supports the production of Latin American feature films by contributing to their completion and international distribution. Organised jointly by the San Sebastian Festival and Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse, Films in Progress is a rendezvous held twice yearly to foster meeting, dialogue and interaction between Latin American and European film professionals, promoting the diversity and talent of independent moviemakers.

Among the films to have participated in the last editions of Films in Progress at San Sebastian and Toulouse and presented in the Horizontes Latinos section at the San Sebastian Festival in 2017, are La novia del desierto (The Desert Bride), by Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato, selected for Un Certain Regard at the last Cannes Festival; Los Perros (The Dogs) by Marcela Said, which won the Horizontes Award at San Sebastian, and La Familia (The Family), by Gustavo Rondón, both selected for the Semaine de la Critique at Cannes 2017; and Temporada de caza (Hunting Season) by Natalia Garagiola, was presented as part of the Settimana della Critica at the last Venice Festival, winning the Audience Award SIAE. Besides, Ferrugem (Rust), by Aly Muritiba, competed at the last Sundance Festival in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition; and Marylin, by Martín Rodríguez, recently premiered in the Panorama section of the Berlinale 2018 following participation at the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum in San Sebastian and Films in Progress in Toulouse.

Films in Progress 33 received the submission of 201 films from 16 countries. The selection committee of the Toulouse and San Sebastian festivals have singled out six films, three of which are first works.


Ignacio Juricic Merillán  (Chile)

Nancy receives an offer from a TV show about unsolved misteries to be part of an episode that will tell the story of her daughter, a young lesbian who was beaten to death, and after eight years no one has been declared guilty. This woman faces her family and the different versions each of them has about what happened that day, while she decides if she will be or not a part of the programme and while she starts knowing more about who her daughter was. First film.

Los silencios
Beatriz Seigner  (Brazil - France - Colombia)

Nuria and Fabio arrive with their mother Amparo in an unknown island in the border between Brazil, Colombia and Peru. They are fleeing armed conflicts in Colombia. Fearful of betraying family secrets, Nuria goes silent. In the midst of this, the family tries to receive compensation for the father's death and to obtain a visa to emigrate to Brazil. By covering this story, they uncover others about the family past. First film.

Luciérnagas / Fireflies
Bani Khoshnoudi  (Mexico - Greece - Dominican Republic - USA)

Ramin is a young gay man who fled the repression in Iran and arrived in Veracruz, Mexico, after travelling clandestinely on a cargo ship from Turkey. While contemplating what he will do next, Ramin tries to cope with the distance with his lover, who stayed in Teheran. The paradox of his feelings is immense: while in a state of longing and nostalgia, he savors his newfound freedom far from Iran.

Perro bomba
Juan Cáceres  (Chile -France)

Steevens is a young haitian with a simple and stable life in chile: work, home, friends and fun. Junior, a childhood friend, arrives to Chile. Steevens gets him a job, but Junior it's messy and provokes a fight in which Steevens hits his boss. This event gets viral and Steevens is rejected by his community, his friends and by all. He loses his papers and his home. Steevens walk by the city searching for a chance to restart his life, finding it only beyond the margins of society. First film.

Temporada / Long Way Home
André Novais Oliveira  (Brazil)

Juliana is moving from Itauna to the metropolitan town of Contagem to work as an agent on the combat against endemics in the region. On her new job she meets people and lives unusual situations that starts changing her life. At the same time she faces difficulties on the relationship with her husband who is about to move as well to the big city.

Ya no estoy aquí / I'm no longer here
Fernando Frías  (Mexico - USA)

Ya no estoy aquí traces the journey of Ulises Samperio, a 17-year-old Mexican boy, who after an unfortunate misunderstanding with members of a local cartel, is forced to migrate to the U.S., leaving behind what defines him most: his gang and the dance parties he loves so much. He tries his best to adapt to a new country, but Ulises quickly realizes that he would rather return home to his family and friends in Monterrey than confront the alienation and loneliness that he faces in America.


The following awards will be presented at Films in Progress 33:

Consisting of post-production services offered by the collaborating companies and a grant from the CNC for post-production work to be carried out in France.

The “Films in Progress Toulouse Award” will be delivered by a jury composed of representatives of companies and entities involved in the award:

CCAS (Caisse Centrale d’Activités Sociales du personnel des industries électriques et gazières), Commune Image, Eaux Vives, Firelfly, Mactari,Titra TV.

The CINE + channel guarantees to purchase the winning film for the amount of €15,000, and to broadcast it on its television network. This award will go to the distributor of the film in France.

Consists of the film's promotion by the Europa Distribution network and by the Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d'Art et d'Essai (CICAE).

To see the award details, click here

Films in Construction 33 has the support of the following institutions and companies: Caisse Centrale d’Activités Sociales du personnel des industries électriques et gazières (CCAS), Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), CINÉ + Commune Image, Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d’Art et Essai (CICAE), Conseil Général de la Haute Garonne, Eaux Vives, École Supérieure d’Audiovisuel (ESAV), Europa Distribution, Firefly, Gaumont Wilson, La Cinéfondation, Le Lokal, Mactari, Mairie de Toulouse, Producers Network (Cannes), Région Occitanie Pyrénées-Méditerranée, Signis y Titrafilm and the collaboration of the Programa Ibermedia, CAACI (Conferencia de Autoridades Audiovisuales y Cinematográficas Iberoamericanas), Creative Europe MEDIA, Ad Hoc Studios, Deluxe Spain, Dolby Iberia, Laserfilm Cine y Video, Nephilim producciones, No Problem Sonido, Wanda Visión and Film Factory Entertainment.



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