Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Nobody sleeps here (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Panama

Director: 

Paz Fábrega

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

A massacre occurs in a remote community as a result of which six children are murdered. Lucia, one of them, returns to the town as a spirit that observes the silence in which its inhabitants are submerged. Fear does not let them sleep. Lucia helps her grandparents survive this trance until they can finally fall asleep.

Our daily flaws (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • France

Director: 

Juan Pablo Valenzuela Perez

Synopsis: 

Vincent, 55, owns a photo store in a shopping mall. A fan of Salvatore Adamo, he has booked a tour that should take him to the mythical places of his idol's career. He only has two weeks to pay, but his business is experiencing difficulties. One day, Vincent is assaulted on the bus. He is saved by Adela, 35, a prostitute of Nigerian origin. Although used to being wary of people, Adela lets her guard down with him. A story will then be born between them, which will help them heal some of their wounds.
But one day, Adela is kidnapped and raped. In order for her to try to start a new life far away, Vincent decides to give her the money saved for her turn. Adela accepts and leaves. Vincent stays in his store listening to Adamo.

Sad song (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Country: 

  • Chili

Director: 

Jorge Riquelme Serrano

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

Sad Song is the story of Leandro, a street performer, and his son, Ángel, a slaughterhouse worker. The protagonists’ journey will reflect the struggle of a family to survive with dignity after an illness, amidst an adverse social context, in the outskirts of Santiago de Chile.

Straight ahead, on your right (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Mexique

Director: 

Marta Hernaiz Pidal

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

About to turn 21 and excited to have a good time, Estela secretly plans to become independent from the strict rules of her family. For some time now, she has been doubting the beliefs she grew up with. To achieve her goals, she furtively finds her first job as a janitor in the women’s bathroom at the “14th floor”, an exclusive, trendy nightclub popular among upper class teenagers in Mexico City. Inside the women’s bathroom, where strangers advise each other, become fleeting friends or enemies, and rarely notice the person assisting them, Estela will discover a new universe which will transform her as she attempts to shake off guilt and finally fit in. She might even be able to fulfill her deepest wish and celebrate her birthday for the first time.

The policeman and the Pastor (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Type: 

Documentaire

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Brésil

Director: 

Alice Riff

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

What is it like to be progressive and work in institutions based on extreme right wing ideologies? The Policeman and the Pastor is a creative documentary that builds an intimate portrait by a sensitive immersion into two complex individuals, an antifascist police officer and a feminist pastor. The narrative develops following two characters who consider themselves in "limbo": they are viewed with suspicion by progressive movements, and seen as traitors in the institutions where they work. This film investigates this “no place”, understanding it as a privileged space. Alexandre and Valeria walk through groups that do not communicate and are key characters to understand and delve into contemporary social issues the world is facing.

To die on your feet (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Country: 

  • Chili

Director: 

María Paz González

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

Cruz (40) is an actress who has dedicated her career to interpreting characters in front of medicine students at a university. She is a simulated patient, who practices emotions and who reenacts, for young doctors, realities which are unknown to them. Nothing disturbs Cruz's life too much until one night when she jogs in the gym of her building and sees a body fall from above. Cruz is the only witness, but instead of helping the victim she keeps jogging, a reaction that is recorded by security cameras, and questioned by the police as a result of her reaction. Cruz feels that she had lost all connection with her own feelings and tries to force real emotions inside her at the same time she starts to question the social roles that typecast her.

Tus manos (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Argentine

Director: 

Alejandro Telémaco Tarraf

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

After losing his entire smallholding to a violent flood, Joaquín - a Wichí native from the Pilcomayo river, seeks to find a new life in the city. When subjected to racial abuse and discrimination, Joaquín commits what he believes to be a fatal violent act, causing him to flee into the jungle where he seeks refuge on an ostrich farm. Pursued by the guilt of his actions, his life is transformed by a mysterious encounter with an armadillo that leaves him with the power to heal. As he tries to connect with his new found gift, the guilt of the same hands having killed continues to internally torture him. As an act of redemption, Joaquín returns to the city, where he discovers that the man he believes to have killed was miraculously saved from a coma by a warm hand coming to rest on his face.

What the soil remember (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Type: 

Documentaire

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Équateur

Director: 

José Cardoso

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

A vibrant and diverse community flourishes in the fertile South African lands Today its elders tell the story of how their people were uprooted from neighboring lands and thrown into deserted areas; the suffering separation left scars but never transformed them into individualistic beings. Despite the forced separation that occurred in the 1960s, today they remain together thanks to their wisdom and faith. A University was built on their lands, and today this institution accepts their public guilt, but to return the land seems impossible. The elders light up the screen with their way of approaching the problem; Community wisdom, spirituality, and patience faces what apartheid tried to take away from them fifty years before.

Your silence will not protect you (en)

Selection: 

  • Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021

Type: 

Fiction

Format: 

Long-métrage

Country: 

  • Brésil

Director: 

Maria Clara Escobar

Production company: 

Synopsis: 

In Brazil, women are being forbidden to walk on the streets. With this background, we see, in three different chapters, how women in different moments of history try to create a possible path for their lives. And to write a different story. In each chapter, the main character passes the baton to the next. The characters are not recurrent, however, it’s the actions and decisions of each of them in each chapter that define what will take place in the next one. These women struggle, and they build a new relationship between imagery and bodily experience created in their lives but also in the film. What can the warfare image of a woman in motion be?

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