71SSIFF - 22/30 September 2023
Horizontes Latinos
Horizontes Latinos
Opening Film (In competition)
Diego Quemada-Díez
102 min.
A Mexico-Spain co-production directed by Diego Quemada-Díez and premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the last Festival de Cannes. Juan, Sara and Samuel, a group of 15 year olds, flee Guatemala in an attempt to make it to the USA. The youngsters hope to find a better world beyond the Mexican border, but they soon have to face up to a very different reality.
Alfredo Soderguit
80 min.
First work from the illustrator and animator Alfredo Soderguit, starring the 10-year-old Anina, whose palindromic name brings mockery from her schoolmates, and particularly Yisel, a girl she calls "the elephant". Anina loses her patience and the two get into a fight. The incident ends with an unusual sanction for both girls. They are each given a black envelope that contains their punishment and told not to open it for a week. Without realising it, for Anina, understanding the content of the envelope means understanding the world and her place in it.
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Films in Progress 22
Caru Alves de Souza
77 min.
The story of Helena, a recently graduated attorney who works as a public defender of children and adolescents in the courts of the city of Santos, Brazil, and her brother, the teenager Caio, who will commit a serious crime. De Menor participated in Films in Progress at last year's San Sebastian Festival.
Films in Progress 23
Amat Escalante
105 min.
The Mexican filmmaker Amat Escalante carried off the Best Director Award at the Festival de Cannes thanks to this film. Estela is a 12 year old girl who has just fallen crazy in love with a young police cadet who wants to run away with her and get married. Trying to achieve this dream, her family will have to live the violence that is devastating the region. .
Fernando Coimbra
100 min.
The first film from the Brazilian Fernanco is programmed for presentation at the Toronto Festival. A child is kidnapped. At the police station, Sylvia and Bernardo, the victim´s parents, and Rosa, the main suspect and Bernardo´s lover, give contradictory evidence which will take us to the gloomiest corners of desires, lies, needs and wickedness in the relationship of these three characters.
Victoria Galardi
84 min.
The Argentinian filmmaker Victoria Galardi presents her new work, presented in the Co-production Forum at the 60th edition of the Festival. This Argentina-Spain co-production tells the tale of Ana, a woman who has a love affair with her best friend's ex-husband. A film about the search for love, friendship, loneliness, fear, guilt, the world of women... Starring Elena Anaya and Valeria Bertucelli.
Matías Rojas Valencia
86 min.
The first work from the Chilean director Matías Rojas Valencia tells the tale of Amalia, 26, who sets out on a voyage with nine-year-old Cristóbal through the remote landscapes of southern Chile with the intention of finding the boy´s father. The search will turn into a journey through each of their personal histories.
Films in Progress 22
Ana Guevara, Leticia Jorge
Uruguay-Mexico-The Netherlands-Germany 
102 min.
After participating in Films in Progress at San Sebastian in 2012, this film was presented in the Panorama section of the Berlin Festival and won the Best First Film Award at Guadalajara. Since his divorce Alberto spends little time with Lucía and Federico. The three of them set off for the hot springs one stormy morning; it's going to be a short vacation so they want to make the most of it. Always enthusiastic, Alberto does not want anything to ruin his plans. But the pools are closed until further notice and his children look at him with reproachful eyes so he flies off the handle. Soon, everyone gets oversensitive as the weather gets stickier. Meanwhile, the rain keeps falling and the house Alberto rented seems to get smaller by the hour.
Lucía Puenzo
93 min.
Premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the last Festival de Cannes, the latest film from Lucía Puenzo, is the true story of an Argentinian family who lived with one of the biggest criminals in history without realising his true identity.
Marc Silver
84 min.
Premiered at Sundance Film Festival, this documentary assembles the questions brought when the border police discover in the Sonoma desert a decomposing male body with a tatoo that reads "Dayani Cristal". Who is this person? What brought him here? How did he die? And who -or what- is Dayani Cristal? Actor Gael García Bernal and director Marc Silver reconstruct this John Doe, denied an identity at his point of death, into a living and breathing human being with a full and deeply engaging life story.
José Luis Valle
120 min.
Presented in the Panorama section of the Berlin Festival and winner of the Best Mexican Feature Film Award in Guadalajara, this is the second film by José Luis Valle. Having worked all their lives in Tijuana, Rafael and Lidia are the victims of injustice towards their life and their dignity. Rafael finds out that an error in the paperwork has left him without a pension. Lidia is one of seven people who keep house for a rich Mexican woman in a wheelchair who has dedicated her life to her whippet "Princess", who eats from a gold bowl and sleeps on a silk cushion. When Lidia’s employer dies and leaves her fortune to her dog, Lydia has to ask herself what it means to have a dog as an employer...
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