Latin American Showcase
The panorama of the Latin American Showcase crosses the region from end to end. In 29 short films, this year's selection points in many directions, but all of them undoubtedly guided by an investigative spirit that seeks to understand the different experiences of the inhabitants of the continent, whether in their individual experiences or in their dynamics as a community.
As we have seen in recent years, Colombia remains prominent, highlighting the maturity and variety of its recent cinematography with fictions, animations and documentaries that cast many questions on the deep marks that the permanent state of war lived by the country has inflicted to the Colombian society - marks that may be affecting the very ancestry and spirituality of the population.
Spirituality, by the way, is a theme that reappears in other films and resonates in other subjects, as varied as mental health or the intimate relationship between individuals and water and earth. Contemporary issues are also present: systemic violence against women, immigrant labor conditions and the issue of transgenderity and its delicate insertion in society are urgent and emerge in productions from many places, such as Peru or the Argentinian countryside.
A small but interesting Central American panel gathers productions from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Honduras - the Honduran short, portraying a resilient community of Caribbean and African origins from a feminist perspective, is the country's first film to be screened in the Festival.
Youth themes are also evident, as we see in the Mexican, Chilean and Venezuelan films that balance themselves on a thread of tension that opposes the contradictions of the awakening of teen love and the fantasies of the loss of innocence to the brutality of the urban environment and its pressures on youngsters, increasingly intimidated and driven to explode. At the same time, a boy that pities his birthday party piñata, a tenor porcupine, a caffeine-addicted deer and a typical Uruguayan old lady are some of the characters who complete with humor and lightness this polyphony, a striking feature of the Latin American short film that we always try to bring to the Festival.
AGUAS TRANQUILAS AGUAS PROFUNDAS / IN DEEP WATER, de Miguel Labastida González - Mexico
BÁKIRO / BAKIRO, de Miguel New - Venezuela
CHANEL, de Humberto Vallejo - Dominican Republic
COFFEE BREAK, de María Cristina Pérez,Mauricio Cuervo - Colombia
CORRER CONTRA EL VIENTO / RUNNING AGAINST THE WIND, de Victor Hugo Cárdenas - Chile
DESECHO / DEBRIS, de Julio Ramos - Peru, United States
EL HOMBRE DE CARTÓN / THE CARDBOARD MAN, de Michael Labarca - Venezuela, France
EL RÍO DE LOS KUKAMAS / THE RIVER OF THE KUKAMAS, de Nika Belianina - Peru
EL ÚLTIMO ROMÁNTICO / THE LAST ROMANTIC, de Natalia García Agraz - Mexico
EVA, de Dana Gómez - Argentina
FRÁGIL / FRAGILE, de Sheyla Pool Pástor - Cuba
GOLDEN MALIBU, de Natalia Bermúdez Fierro - Mexico
IRMA, de Alejo Schettini ,Germán Tejeira - Uruguay
LA DE MESSI / MESSI'S ONE, de Mauro Ojeda - Argentina
LA FLOR DE LA LENGUA DE VACA / THE COW-TONGUE FLOWER, de Germán Reyes Ruiz - Colombia
LAS FLORES / THE FLOWERS, de Renzo Cozza - Argentina
LUCY, de Roberto Gutierrez - Venezuela, United States
MAMARTUILE / FLAG'S DAY, de Alejandro Saevich - Mexico
NEGRA SOY / BLACK I AM, de Laura Bermúdez - Honduras
OUR SONG TO WAR, de Juanita Onzaga - Colombia, Belgium
PIEDRA DE CABALLO / HORSE'S STONE, de Cynthia Fernández Trejo - Mexico
RAPAZ / RAPTOR, de Felipe Gálvez - Chile
SOL DE AGOSTO / AUGUST SUN, de Franco Volpi - Argentina, United Kingdom
TIERRA MOJADA / SWAMP, de Juan Sebastián Mesa - Colombia
UMBRAL, de Federico Montero - Costa Rica
VELVET, de Paula Hopf - Mexico
VIVA EL REY / LONG LIVE THE KING, de Luis Téllez - Mexico
VOLVERSE AIRE / VANISH INTO THIN AIR, de Cristina Motta - Argentina, Colombia
YOVER, de Edison Sánchez - Colombia