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‘El árbol’ and ‘Ártico’ in Films in Progress
Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Carlos Serrano Azcona’s “El Arbol” and Santiago Loza’s “Artico” feature in this year’s San Sebastian Films in Progress, one of the Spanish confab’s key industry showcases.

Progress runs Tuesday through Wednesday.

It also boasts a strong Chilean showing, a sign of the country’s building film production muscle.

Serrano Azcona’s redemption fami­ly drama “El arbol” teams two illustri­ous left-of-field film-makers, Mexico’s Carlos Reygadas (“Silent Light”) and Spain’s Jaime Rosales (“Solitary Frag­ments”) as producers; Jaime Roman­dia’s Mantarraya also produces. Expect a stylized, but realist art film, some­what in Reygadas’ line.

“I admire Reygadas’ films a lot. ‘El Arbol,’ uses non-professional actors and some extended shots, as in his films,” said Serrano Azcona.

Argentina’s Loza is admired for two hangdog features, the Rotterdam Tiger­winning “Strange” (2003) and “4 Women, Barefoot” (2005). Here, Loza, leaves their marvellously drab industrial sprawl, for a road movie, set in border city suburb lanscapes.

Chile contributes two films: “Ilusiones opticas,” Cristian Jimenez’s feature deb, a three-part cross-cutter set in a rainy Valdivia winter; and “La nana,” a portrait, shot with exacting realism, of the neo­serf-like existence of a housemaid, directed by faux naif graphic artist and musician turned film-maker, Sebastian Silva.

Films in Progress this year is rounded up by two more Mexican entries. “Norteado,” helmed by Rigoberto Perezcano, is a docu-style drama tracking a boy’s attempts to cross the U.S. border. Co-financed by Mexico’s IMCINE Film Institute and Article 226 film tax coin, “Norteado” attempts to show a positive side to Tijuana, where it shot, according to producer Edgar San Juan.

Florence Jaugey’s “La Yuma” charts an across-the-tracks love tale set in Nicaragua’s Managua between a poor burb girl and middle-class student.

Recent Progress players include “Acne” and “Tony Manero.” two Cannes Directors’ Fortnight standouts this year. “Acne,” from Federico Veiroj, a knowing, deadpan portrait of adolescence, played to applause at San Sebasian over its first weekend.
J.H.

 

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