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SSIFF: WIP Latam to present six films

SSIFF: WIP Latam to present six films

El castillo / The Castle, by Martín Benchimol; Estranho Caminho / A Strange Path, by Guto Parente; Sueño Mexicano / Mexican Dream, by Laura Plancarte; Casa no Campo / A House in the Country (working title), by Davi Pretto and the debut movies Penal Cordillera, by Felipe Carmona, and Sandra, by Yennifer Uribe Alzate, are the six Latin American films at the post-production stage to be screened for an audience of professionals at the San Sebastian Festival's 70th edition. All six titles will compete for the WIP Latam Industry and the EGEDA Platino Industria Awards alongside the two majority Brazilian productions (Estranho Caminho and Casa no Campo) will be eligible for the Projeto Paradiso Awards.

El castillo / The Castle is the first non-fiction directed solo by the Argentinian Martín Benchimol. With El espanto / The Dread (2017), co-directed with Pablo Aparo, he won the Best Mid-length Documentary Award at the IDFA. In El castillo, Benchimol follows a mother and daughter as they spend their last few months together in the Pampa in an enormous rundown mansion inherited by the mother from her former employer on the condition that she must never sell it.  

Penal Cordillera is the debut movie from the Chilean playwright and short filmmaker Felipe Carmona. The protagonists are the four most ruthless generals of Pinochet's dictatorship serving their sentence in a luxury prison at the foot of the Andes. The interview given by one of them to a television crew will unleash fury and violence.  

The Brazilian director and screenwriter Guto Parente will present Estranho Caminho / A Strange Path starring a director who returns to Brazil in 2020 to premiere his film at a festival and has to get back in touch with his father when the pandemic prevents him from leaving the country.  

Sueño mexicano / Mexican Dream is the first feature film signed by the Mexican visual artist and documentary-maker living in London, Laura Plancarte. With its cast of debutants, the lead character is a woman who, having survived domestic abuse, struggles to put her life back on track and rebuild her family with her new partner. 

Davi Pretto, Brazilian moviemaker, will present Casa no Campo, where Amanda, returning to the remote family ranch in southern Brazil with her French husband, must deal with her father's death throes and with the local doctor in her determination to change the disturbing relationship between the landowner and his workers. Pretto's previous two movies premiered in Berlin Festival's Forum section and Casa no Campo was one of the projects selected for Proyecta at Ventana Sur 2019.

In Sandra the Colombian debutant Yennifer Uribe Alzate portrays the life of a single mother, a security guard, who, after an affair with a bus driver, embarks on the road to freedom through her own experience of desire. Participant in Proyecta at Ventana Sur 2018, amongst other laboratories and workshops.   

Many of the films presented in WIP Latam have gone on to enjoy a successful international career: Pornomelancolía, by Manuel Abramovich, will compete in the Official Selection at the San Sebastian Festival, after its participation at Ikusmira Berriak (2018) and WIP Latam (2021); and La hija de todas las rabias / Daughter of Rage, by Laura Baumeister, will do the same in New Directors after having won the Best Project Award at the VIII Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum (2019).


WIP Latam Industry Award. Granted by the companies Best Digital, Deluxe, Dolby Iberia, Laserfilm Cine y Vídeo, Nephilim Producciones, No problem Sonido and Sherlock Films. Consists of the post-production of one of the films presented until obtaining a DCP subtitled in English and its distribution in Spain.

EGEDA Platino Industria Award for Best WIP Latam. Comes with 30,000 euros for the majority producer of the winning film.

Projeto Paradiso Awards. There will be a first prize of USD 10,000 and a second one of USD 5,000, which will be awarded to the fiction films with majority Brazilian production selected in this section.