Cinéma en développement 10 / 2015

A Mensageira (en)

A mensageira

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 10 / 2015

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Brésil

Director: 

Marília Hughes

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

Iris is an official in the justice system and is witness to the social contrasts and difficulties of the population that lives in Salvador. Iris has to travel around to different parts of the city so she can deliver court orders in person. Initially, she travels across the city by bus. Tired of being stuck in traffic jams, Iris contracts the services of Itamar, a young black man who has a motorcycle taxi. The laidback and joyful nature of Itamar is good for Iris, since it brings some lightness into her daily life. Little by little, a friendship develops between them. With the military police go on strike in Salvador, urban violence increases and people are obliged to lock themselves away in their homes. The number of homicides overtakes that found in countries at civil war. It is within this context that Iris experiences a feeling of revolt that she has previously tried to ignore.

A morte habita à noite (en)

A morte habita à noite

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 10 / 2015

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Brésil

Director: 

Eduardo Morotó

Synopsis: 

With a narrative design structured in three parts, each
of them about the protagonist’s relationship with a different woman, this film is a chronicle about love, death and urban melancholy. Raul is a fifty-year- old unemployed alcoholic man whose sole hope is his passion- ate love for Ligia, who has been his partner during his past years. When she leaves him, he seeks booze, contracts tuberculosis and amidst health centers and transitory jobs, he builds a sweet relationship with Cassia, a sixteen-year-old girl. When his body and mind are already very corroded by the disease, Inês appear in his life. She is the saddest woman he has ever met. A corpse that happened to end up in the boarding house where he lives through his friend Tomás. They take Inês to Janga beach in Olinda. This trip makes an unexpected affection grow between Raul and the “sad woman”, who will be thrown into the sea.

Acontecimiento de un otro (en)

Acontecimiento de un otro

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 10 / 2015

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Argentine

Director: 

Valeria Fernández

Synopsis: 

As when they were growing up, five friends from Buenos Aires go to the state that Martín’s parents own. The group’s dynamic has changed since they (nearly) became adults: Juana pays little attention to her surroundings and is most interested in her life back in the city, Tomás is not amused by anything other than doing nothing, Martín is only keen on his family’s business, Marina believes herself to be in love with Mariano, the caretakers’ son, while Mariano himself doesn’t really show or say anything. Suddenly, after one day of solitude back home, Mariano disappears. He has done this before, and has always been found, they are told. This time, however, it’s different: no news have been heard from him in weeks. The rest of the group search for him. They begin to invent conspiracies regarding each other and start turning against one another.

Amores de Chumbo (en)

Amores de Chumbo

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 10 / 2015

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Brésil

Director: 

Tuca Siqueira

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

In France, the writer and former political militant from Pernambuco, Maria Eugenia (62), is preparing to travel to Brazil, hoping to find the argument of her new novel, after 40 years away from her country. In Recife, northeastern Brazil, the Sociology Professor and former political prisoner, Miguel (64), celebrates 43 years of a loving marriage to Lucy (62), along with friends, their son Ernesto (41), and their granddaughter Lina (5). In São Paulo, following a request from his great friend Rui, Miguel takes part in a debate and is surprised by the presence of Maê (the nickname Maria Eugênia was known by comrades). He hadn't seen her (his great love from youth) for decades. The return of Maria Eugenia threatens a secret hidden by Lucy for more than 40 years. After so much time, these old and deep feelings guarded for so long, blows up in this loving triangle.

Breve historia del planeta verde (en)

Breve historia del planeta verde

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 10 / 2015

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Argentine

Director: 

Santiago Loza

Synopsis: 

Tania is a trans girl who makes shows at discos in Buenos Aires. Pedro is a creature of the night, a regular dancer. Daniela works in a bar as a waitress. She is dealing with a break-up. They went to school together in their home town. Tania receives the news that her grandmother has died, so she decides to go back to the town with her two friends. Her grandma has left her house as an inheritance, and hidden an Alien body that accompanied her in those last years. She asks them in a letter to please take the creature to the place where it appeared to give it eternal peace. Pedro, Daniela and Tania start a journey looking for that place. They find the appeasement they need, what makes their loneliness softer. At the end, they arrive to a mysterious place, where the Alien ship comes to look for the creature. Tania leaves with it. Pedro and Daniela stay in Earth, closer than ever.

Breves Miragens do Sol (en)

Breves Miragens do Sol

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 10 / 2015

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Brésil

Director: 

Eryk Rocha

Synopsis: 

Breves Miragens do Sol tells the story of Paulo (42), Unemployed, recently divorced and in debt with his ex-wife Livia, who forbids him to see his son Mateus(07). As a quick possibility of survival, Paulo has just started driving a night-cab in Rio de Janeiro. The new job makes him feel like a stranger in a convulsing city. His moment of personal uncertainty intertwines with a city under renovation and permanent reinvention of itself. As he learns the choreography of his new profession, this apparently provisory solution solidifies as his present reality. Slowly he starts opening up to the encounters, conversations and relationships provided by the cab. The fragments of stories and advices exchanged with the passengers become the narrative of his own life, weaving a broader tale about living in Rio today.

Cidade; Campo (en)

Cidade; Campo

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 10 / 2015

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Brésil

Director: 

Juliana Rojas

Synopsis: 

Cidade; Campo tells two stories about migration. The first one is about Joana, a middle-age woman who works as a cane cutter. Unable to find work in the country, she goes to São Paulo to reencounter her sister. There, she tries to get a job and to adapt to the city life. The second part tells the story of Mauro, a recently graduated doctor. Because of using a mixture of drugs to stay awake during the shifts, he medicates a patient with a wrong dosage. The hospital board fires him, but his father-in-law – also a doctor - persuades the hospital board to drop the charges and transfer Mauro to a small hospital at the country. While Mauro tries to get adapted to poor working conditions at the new hospital and to reestablish himself, his wife faces a lonely everyday on a strange town and starts to rethink the choices she made.

Diario de rodaje (en)

Diario de rodaje

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 10 / 2015

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Argentine

Director: 

Valeria Fernández

Synopsis: 

A distressed film director decides not to attend the filming of her own movie. Like its director, the shooting get stuck, in suspense. We are presented with the everyday life of someone who has nothing to do and nowhere to be. The director confronts her team, who asks her to do her job. She commits to going to the following scheduled shootings but does not show. She commits to it again, and once more she does not go. Everyday life starts to blend in with her work: exboyfriends, friends, having to work to make a living. Then, reality comes in. The lead actress has to travel, but the shooting of the film has to go on. Certain fictitious scenes replicate in real life. The (real) director decides to film herself until the actress’ return, taking on the fictitious lead role. Another layer is revealed, to be dismissed (or not) when the actress returns.

El baile y el salón (en)

El baile y el salón

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 10 / 2015

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Costa Rica

Director: 

Iván Porras Meléndez

Synopsis: 

Eugenio Miranda, a 72 year old and former soccer player, is locked in a nursing home by his family against his will. Bitter because he never won a trophy, he finds an opportunity to redeem himself in a dance tournament for the elderly. Along with his dance partner Carmen, Eugenio struggles to learn the rhythms of salsa, cumbia and bolero. When Carmen unexpectedly dies on the dance floor, Eugenio makes a radical decision and starts rehearsing with their dance instructor, Daniel -- a homosexual man in his 70s. Getting close to a gay man bothers Eugenio at first, but he soon realizes that with Daniel, they have a real shot at winning. As Eugenio’s family attempts to keep him out of the competition, Eugenio faces their prejudices and his own, determined to finally lift a trophy.

El hombre de la mancha (en)

El hombre de la mancha

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 10 / 2015

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Costa Rica

Director: 

Neto Villalobos

Synopsis: 

Carlos (40) is a motorcycle messenger with a big birthmark on his face, reason why he is known between his colleagues as “Mancha”. Despite this physical anomaly, he has never felt less than anybody. “Mancha” enjoys cruising the streets of San Jose and wasting time with his motorized friends. He spends the rest of the time with his girlfriend, who has the fetish of having sex only over their motorcycle. However, after a sudden road accident where the motorcycle is destroyed, “Mancha” will not only have to get back his working tool, but face his fear of being single and alone again.

El Paraíso (en)

El Paraíso

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 10 / 2015

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Chili

Director: 

Sergio Castro San Martín

Synopsis: 

In 1986, Pablo begins his career of photography. Here, he meets Renata (20), a young journalism student that catches his eye. Between the nights out and the different university activities, Pablo will hide from Renata his main militant vocation: Wandering the city of Santiago with his small photo camera portraying the different objectives demanded by a dangerous Front against the dictatorship. In summer 1992 Pablo is captured and condemned to life sentence in the high security prison in Santiago of murdering the alleged mastermind behind the military coup in Chile. Pablo´s Life is turned upside down as he is forced to study poetry weaving techniques, and writing. In 1994, a guard opens the gate: “Visiting hours”, he commands, pointing at him. Pablo receives a surprise visit, who through messages, will unconsciously help Pablo plan a quiet operation that could change the destiny of four inmates.

GarotoNeon (en)

GarotoNeon

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 10 / 2015

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Brésil

Director: 

Filipe Matzembacher
Marcio Reolon

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

Pedro, 25 years old, is abandoned by his older sister, Luiza, who moves to another country. He, a performer for an erotic website, isolates himself in the dark world of his bedroom, in the search of something that can fill his emptyness. One day, he meets another performer, Leo, a 19 year-old boy, that soon becomes his work partner. They fall in love, while thousands of people watch them through the webcam. Tired of the lack of privacy, they turn off the lights. And find out that love glows in the dark.

Jogos de Mente (en)

Jogos de Mente

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 10 / 2015

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Brésil

Director: 

Ricky Mastro

Synopsis: 

Four young adults live happily together: Maya, Miguel, Pedro and Diego. The boys keep fit by playing soccer, while Maya sells her cupcakes. Their relationship seems to be based in love and trust, but actually they are together by the need to get anti HIV medicine. They don’t see this fragility of their bounds, until an outsider arrives. Leandro is a very intelligent guy, obsessed by the weather forecast man on television. One day, he discovers Miguel playing soccer with the rest of the group. Miguel looks like the weatherman. Leandro decides to infiltrate the group in order to get closer to him. He pays attention to each member´s role and realizes how to play with their needs. At the end, Miguel leaves Maya to be with Leandro and the group is torn apart. However, Leandro's intentions are not based in love either.

La larga noche de Francisco Sanctis (en)

La larga noche de Francisco Sanctis

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 10 / 2015

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Argentine

Director: 

Francisco Márquez
Andrea Testa

Synopsis: 

Buenos Aires 1977, the military dictatorship is terrorizing the population. Francisco Sanctis (45) works as an administrative employee. His life is calm, outside of political events. One afternoon, he receives information that forces him out from its passivity. Elena (45), an old friend of the University, calls him urgently. She needs that Francisco signs an authorization to publish a combative poem which he wrote in those years. In her car, Elena tell him that the poem was an excuse and she gives two names and address to him. The army will find these people and will kidnap them. Francisco begins his long night. Shall he try to save the lives of two unknown at the risk of his own life? La larga noche de Francisco Sanctis is structured as an internal journey of a stunned character before a conflict of tragic character. In this, our hero finds himself alone with the final decision.

Las hijas de Alonso (en)

Las hijas de Alonso

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 10 / 2015

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Chili
  • Costa Rica
  • Panama

Director: 

Kattia González Zúñiga

Synopsis: 

Irina and Tami are two teenage sisters who decide to travel from Costa Rica to Panama in search of Alonso, their father, despite not having had any contact with him for over ten years. The motivations of the sisters are as different as their personalities, Irina wants financial support from her father to study aviation and Tami wishes to recognised some of her personal features in him.
During the trip, the differences between the sisters are accentuated and both have to deal with the frictions that arise between them. When they arrive in Panama City, Irina and Tami meet other teenagers. The night before seeing their father, Irina has sex in the bathroom with the boy that Tami likes, what ends up distancing the sisters. At the end, Tami and Irina spend a day with their dad. Alonso does not fulfil their expectations, but the event will lead the sisters to reconnect with each other.

Mandoble (en)

Mandoble

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 10 / 2015

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Colombie
  • Équateur

Director: 

Daniel F. Benavides C.

Synopsis: 

Duality dwells inside Marlon's body; a noble heart clashes with a raging spirit, and this violent essence has left a trail of fights and chaos that haunts him and his family. When he meets Ernest, he learns to channel his rage into boxing, but in spite of his victories in the ring, Marlon still has dangerous enemies in town. To get him out of there and test him, Ernest finds him a boxing match in Las Vegas. Everything seems like a dream when Marlon arrives to America, but his own uncontrollable essence inevitably destroys his dream, ruining his match. Marlon can't accept his own defeat and decides to stay illegally, to keep his promise of returning home as a champion and redeem himself. Without telling anybody about the hard destiny that meets him from that day forward, Marlon searches for a new opportunity at all costs.

O Rio que engole todos os rios (en)

O Rio que engole todos os rios

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 10 / 2015

Type: 

Documentaire

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Argentine
  • Brésil

Director: 

Diogo Faggiano

Synopsis: 

A cinematographic essay on the basis of reflexive documentaries (references: Werner Herzog, Germany, and Joshua Oppenheimer, USA) that approaches the conflict of the victims of the mine exploitation in North Kivu (Democratic Republic of the Congo) with the primary goal to restore the physical presence – socially and individually.

Todos somos marineros (en)

Todos somos marineros

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 10 / 2015

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Pérou

Director: 

Miguel Angel Moulet

Synopsis: 

Krystof, his brother and the captain live on a fishing ship, stranded to the port of El Callao. The company is bankrupted, the ship hasn’t fished in eight weeks and the rest of the crew has returned to their countries. With no money and with practically no possibility of change in sight, Krystof tries to adapt to a new way of life on solid ground.

Una historia invisible (en)

Una historia invisible

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 10 / 2015

Type: 

Documentaire

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Paraguay
  • Suisse

Director: 

Arami Ullón

Synopsis: 

The Ayoreo are indigenous inhabitants of the Paraguayan Chaco. Most of them were forced to sedentarism and evangelism thus deprived of their spirit, to live in extreme poverty. But many Ayoreo have never come in touch with civilization to this day. Swiss anthropologist Benno Glauser has been exploring their culture for 30 years on the spot, collecting evidence of their existence. However, with his fight for their rights he has created enemies. Entrepreneurs and missionaries, and even the Paraguayan government, want to keep on enforcing their economic interests in the area. Since Benno received death threats, and became a victim of persecution,he had to avoid the Chaco. But now he embarks on a journey with some old Ayoreo who wish to return to their ancestral territory one last time before dying.
Will it be possible for Glauser to find irrefutable evidence of the existence of the isolated Ayoreo?

X Files Amazonie (en)

X Files Amazonie

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 10 / 2015

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • France

Director: 

Linda Ferrer Roca

Synopsis: 

In the forest, on the banks of a muddy river, children play on the wreck of a washed up boat. The voice over reads an extract of the tale of Fitzcarraldo. The wreck becomes the vessel which transports them beyond space and time. Other images come, in black and white, slightly out of focus; it is the same forest, Indians bend under bundles of rubber. They load up a boat. Today, men go down the river in a dugout canoe. The swish of saws, a muffled, but powerful thud cuts the air, a tree falls. Lucho has decided to rest in the village. Some evenings the techno cumbia remix the musical part of the selva... The youths drink and dance. They dream of dance floors and money. Late in the evening David fishes in the lake. He listens to the Amazonian night. He says that there are dead fish who still hear the gods of the river breathing.