Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

A Tiny Message To Infinity (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Type: 

Documentaire

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Paraguay
  • Suisse

Director: 

Arami Ullón

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

A Tiny Message to Infinity is a documentary essay which dives into the deeply human need to communicate, identify, and define ourselves. In this case, through the messages – official and unofficial – that humanity has been sending into outer space. This set of communications, made of matter, images, and sounds is creating one of the most extensive collective portraits of humanity ever built, through which we try to explain, once again, who we are. And, through them, we might also be cultivating the hope that life can continue on other planets, in the face of the dramatic degradation of our current home: Earth.

Ainda (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Country: 

  • Brésil
  • France
  • Uruguay

Director: 

Lillah Halla

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

Sofia is 16 years old and in the middle of a crucial championship volleyball season. She tries to take care of an unexpected pregnancy by herself — willing to risk the dangerous and clandestine options in her country where abortion is a capital crime. Sofia asks for her father’s help, but as the news starts to spread through her small village, any autonomy Sofía may have thought she had over her own future is quickly, and brutally, banished. However, Sofía’s need for survival is bigger than the oppression she is subjected to, even if the consequences will be devastating.

All or nothing (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Type: 

Documentaire

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Argentine
  • Espagne

Director: 

Toia Bonino

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

Marcos is in jail in a prison in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the middle of the pandemic, his most precious possession is a mobile phone that his girlfriend Sol smuggled to him into jail. With it, Marcos records and sends me videos. Together we make this film that is his portrait, but also mine. Through this clandestine exchange, All or Nothing narrates Marcos' life in prison and his love story with Sol. A relationship that for Marcos represents the hope of a better life, for which he bets on everything or nothing. So when that love comes to an end, Marcos becomes a man who has lost everything. Even the promise of a future.

Alone (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Suisse

Director: 

Pablo Briones

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

Domitila, an elderly woman of Peruvian origin, lives and works in the shadows for more than 20 years. When she lost her daughter to cancer, she found herself unable to repatriate her body without exposing herself to the authorities. She is advised to opt for cremation, but Domitila wants to fulfill her daughter’s will, that of being buried in their village of origin.

Anhell69 (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Type: 

Documentaire

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Colombie
  • France
  • Roumanie

Director: 

Theo Montoya

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

A funeral car cruises the streets of Medellín, while a young director tells the story of his past in this violent and conservative city. He remembers the pre-production of his first film, a B-movie with vampires.The young queer scene of Medellín is casted for the film, but the main protagonist dies of a heroin overdose at the age of 21, just like many friends of the director. Anhell69 explores the dreams, doubts and fears of an annihilated generation, and the struggle to carry on making cinema.

Bandeira (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Brésil
  • France

Director: 

João Paulo Miranda Maria

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

At the end of the 17th century, in the heart of the Amazon, a Portuguese settler is in search of gold to restore his family's former prestige. Jonas, a young boy with indigenous and European origins, dreams of continuing the quest for gold initiated by his ancestors. Torn between two roots, he will sooner or later have to confront his past to understand the true origins of this quest, and discover who he really is.

Carabalí (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Type: 

Documentaire

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Mexique

Director: 

Medhin Tewolde Serrano

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

Carabalí is an Afro-Colombian leader who is currently in exile. After receiving countless death threats from armed paramilitary groups in his region, he had to leave his community to protect his life. Far away, alone, in refuge and exile, he is invaded by doubt if the fight was worth it. But it is also from that distance that he strives to maintain contact and strengthen the bonds that bring him closer to his family, his community and the struggle. That is where he finds the answers to his doubts and reaffirms that the fight, his fight, must continue from whatever location he is in.

Charo (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Venezuela

Director: 

Leonel González

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

Marcel (30), a young music producer, is forced to return to his hometown after fifteen years, Margarita Island (Venezuela), to sell his father's house, who has just died. Once there, he meets Chino (30), his childhood friend. He also meets Charo (15), Chino’s younger sister, who in a fit of rage secretly kills a gamecock (fighting cock) that was under the care of his brother, but really belonged to a gangster named Humberto, who has control of the town’s water supply, and is also Chino’s boss. Charo is the price that Humberto sets for his dead rooster. Chino desperately seeks to pay off his debt in any other way. Humberto orders Marcel to be beaten, which makes Marcel reconnect with his violent past, and in complicity with Charo, they decide to attack him.

Going Back Home (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Type: 

Documentaire

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Chili

Director: 

Catalina Alarcón

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

In Valparaíso’s prison, inmates’ human rights are violated on a daily basis. A cultural program allows a group of inmates to go back home through virtual reality experiences. Ariel (20) has a terminally ill mother, Cueto (45) dreams of seeing his nieces again, Mr Claudio (54) is an outsider who misses the sea and Franco (26) is desperate to finish his sentence and reunite with his son. They live different experiences and are helped by the others who create the best environment possible, a contrast to the abuse of the prison guards, which they learn to cope with together. Their last VR experience is collective, they all virtually attend Franco's wedding after he finishes his sentence. They moved around like they were dancing, contrasting with the cold walls of the prison surrounding them.

Healings (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Type: 

Documentaire

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • France

Director: 

Fabiana Ex-Souza
Jean-Marie Teno

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

Healings is a feature-length documentary about a reconstruction process involving both the identity and the trauma of an Afro-descendant family in contemporary Brazil. Returning to her neighbourhood of origin on the outskirts of Belo Horizonte, visual artist Fabiana Ex-Souza takes us on her quest to repair her mother, Maria de Fatima's memory. In an attempt to rectify her death certificate on which Ex-Souza is not inscribed as her mother's legitimate daughter, the artist will embark on a procedure to restore her disavowed filiation rights. In order to do so, her father will have to revisit his errors of the past, recognize Ex-Souza, and accompany her in this process. Between apprehension and hope, a path to healing wounds begins to emerge.

Hollow (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Court-métrage

Country: 

  • Argentine

Director: 

Martín Sappia

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

César (68) is a night watchman in a factory. One afternoon he receives a letter from his sister. She has sold the family plot of land in the mountains where his wife's ashes are buried. He decides to leave his job and travel to the countryside to retrieve them. On his way he loses his money. Determined to get there, he continues his journey on foot through the mountain trails he knew as a child. Among pine forests he discovers the house of Antonia (69). He spends a few days there working where he discovers photographs of the construction of the dam in which his family participated. On his way he sleeps in the forest and dreams of old illustrations of plants he collected as a child. He continues on and when he reaches his land he sees the tree that houses the ashes engulfed in flames.

Hummingbird Heart (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Country: 

  • Colombie

Director: 

Henry Rincón

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

Alexander Obregón (40) is a modest humanities teacher, student leader, and passionate about poetry. After a strange police operation, he is apprehended and accused of belonging to one of the country's guerrillas. This fact led him to "El Pedregal", a dangerous Colombian prison, where prisoners from all social groups coexist. And where he will live the most terrible of humiliations. As a result, Alexander finds refuge in the writing of poems, and in the reading of the prison code, with which he acquires new knowledge, making it available to inmates. This fact leads him to become a social leader of the prison. A story where poetry turns into actions, and actions turn into a man determined to change the lives of thousands.

Imaza Peru (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Type: 

Documentaire

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Pérou

Director: 

Imaza Peru

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

Stories of love and heartbreak marked by tragic events are intertwined in Imaza, a territory whose river delimits the border between two worlds that do not meet. Alberto Tiwi and his wife go to the Judiciary. Because he participated in an indigenous protest, he faces a trial that can sentence him to life imprisonment. His great fear is not that he will be condemned, but that he will be separated from his wife. They arrive at the school that is in danger of disappearing due to the rising water level of the river. They are received by teacher Segundo, who has proposed to measure the depth of the water so that what he loves most is not destroyed. There is also a history of heartbreak. Haydée, a student who wants to flee to avoid the suicide due to love pains that have marked the women of the Awajún people.

It's a lie you must obey (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Type: 

Documentaire

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Mexique

Director: 

Bruno Santamaría

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

Guadalupe, a single woman in her 60s, volunteers at a soup kitchen for homeless and marginalized people in Mexico City. This is where she meets Claudio, a bachelor in his 40s, who recently lost his job and home. His distinguished and elegant demeanor captures Guadalupe’s attention. The bizarre friendship that arises between the two generates a lot of controversy. Both face disdain, mockery and even threats from volunteers and homeless alike.The film and the huge city give them the gift of anonymity, a space to share outside of the soup kitchen’s community, a pretext to escape prejudice, to share in conversation and get lost in adventures they would’ve never allowed themselves in their normal day to day lives. Even if they know that when the film is over, they will return to normality.

Kaye (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Chili

Director: 

Juan Cáceres

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

Yeka, a 13-year-old girl, is forced to enter adulthood after a stray bullet kills her best friend. Due to impunity for those who shot her friend, Yeka starts her own investigation. Through Vanyelinna, a twelve year old girl who befriends her, she infiltrates a dangerous drug dealer's family who are considered guilty, only to find out that her suspicions are based on prejudices and that they are a loving and supportive clan who help her in her mourning process. When Yeka begins to develop feelings for the family, she finds out that the stray bullet was shot by a young member of the clan. She will have to decide if she accuses them or stays quiet. After all, justice is not as simple as its looks.

Lonely Hearts (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Country: 

  • Brésil

Director: 

Caru Alves de Souza

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

In the midst of a serious economic crisis, Julieta tries to keep her decadent porn movie theater in downtown São Paulo. Devouring books and obsessed with happy endings, Julieta helps everyone who crosses her path, but is unable to help herself. Pressed by a property developer to sell her cinema, she tries to resist in every way and preserve her fertile imagination with the help of her friends.

Love is the monster (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Country: 

  • Chili
  • Costa Rica
  • France

Director: 

Neto Villalobos Brenes

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

In the near future in San Jose, part of the population lives in walled communities, hires armed security nannies, and trains their children in kid’s shooting ranges. A 65-year-old grandma wounds her hand trying to shatter the glass of the car in which she mistakenly locked her granddaughter. That one mistake will cause the child's mother, who is part of the generation that lives in fear, to feel her mother is old and incapable of taking care of her child. She will be forbidden from seeing her granddaughter, and that will trigger a series of unfortunate events that will lead her to do things she never thought she would ever do. These things won’t be achievements precisely, but they will be her own personal way to show them the love for her granddaughter and that she is still of use.

Mexican Melodrama (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Mexique

Director: 

Jorge Cuchí

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

Juan, a 42 year old filmmaker, gets the news that Valeria, the History teacher with whom he had an affair 28 years ago, when he was 14 and she was 34, has been hospitalized and is now in a coma, victim of a stray bullet. Juan goes to the hospital and there he meets Laura, Valeria’s daughter. Juan and Laura start a relationship that turns into romance, and one night, when Juan confesses to Laura that he was her mother’s lover, they suddenly realize that she, Laura, could also be his daughter. Juan and Laura decide to take a paternity test and wait four days without seeing each other until the results come out. Finally, the fourth day arrives, the results are delivered and with them an unexpected climax to this story.

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