Docus The Secret of Dr. Grinberg, Searching for Oscar and The Key to Dalí, three projects turning on outsider characters that -each one in his own way- follow their own dreams, were standouts Thursday at the San Sebastián Festival’s 11th Lau Haizetara Documentary Co- roduction Forum.
Boasting a highly diverse selection of docus, in production and themes, the Forum suggested some move towards projects that gravitate around the magnetism and charisma of a character, with narrative structures very close to the fiction.
Designed as a thriller, Ida Cuéllar’s Secret investigates the mysterious disappearance in 1994 of Jacobo Grinberg, a Mexican scientific pioneer in telepathy. Project is set up at Barcelona’s Polar Star Films. In Searching, Calibrando’s producer-director Octavio Guerra focuses on film critic Oscar Peyrou for whom film festivals become a driving force in his life, until a glaucoma threatens his trips. He’s kept the problem with his sight secret, having learned the art for deception in Argentina 1970s’ Montoneros guerrilla.
With Baleares Islands’ pubcaster IB3 on board, David Fernández García’s Key to Dalí turns on the research of scientist and artist Tomeu L’Amo, who bought an unknown painting in 1989 which, 25 years later, was recognized as a Dalí original.
“These are three auteur documentaries with possibilities to attract the interest of the audiences, far from art - house filmmaking,” per Movistar Plus’ Iñigo Trojaola.
Lumiere Produkzioak’s José María Lara and helmer Maru Solares pitched Imprints, that explores an original and suggestive issue: the legacy of early year experience in later life.
“Projects are taking ever more risks but defending the figure of documentary auteur,” said Catherine Ulmer, Forum’s workshop and pitching head.
Strenghening links with France’s Fipa fest, Forum invited this year two Fipapresented projects: Bulgaria’s Dvata slona i trevata and Egypt’s The History of Belly Dancing.
The 11th Lau Haizetara Documentary Co-Production Forum was backed by Basque producers org IBAIA.
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