Festival Ventana Sur 2020: Latin America’s Film Market will Showcase ‘I’m No Longer Here,’ ‘Sanctorum,’ ‘The Weak’
The 10th annual Ventana Sur Primer Corte pix-in-post competition is all set to take place this year in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, between 10th and 14th of December. And this year’s selections include Netflix’ I’m No Longer Here, and Sanctorum and The Weak, amongst others. Each year, the showcase makes up one of the biggest events in the movie market.
This year’s entries have been curated by Jose Maria Riba, who is the former head of the Cannes Critics’ Week, in addition to being an indelible part of Paris’ Small is Biutiful Spain-France film forum and Espagnolas at Paris, along with Eva Morsch-Kihn, the head of Toulouse’s Rencontres market, and Maria Nunez, who is the organiser for Primer Corte at Incaa, Argentina.
Directed by Fernando Frias, ‘I’m No Longer Here’ chronicles the life of teenager Ulises Samperio is shipped off to Queens from Monterrey after being involved in a local gang war. It is a story that is deep-rooted in tradition but also shows the effects of globalisation on migrants. Frias has earlier directed the film Rezeta which has been critically acclaimed and won the 2014 Best Narrative Feature Award at the Slamdance Film Festival. I’m No Longer Here is his second feature film and is a Netflix release.
The Weak is about a couple in Montevideo who are forced to move in with their daughter after their house is looted. Soon enough, they spiral into insecurity about the future. The Weak is from Uruguay’s Matias Ganz.
The third big-ticket film is 2016 Tribeca funded, ‘Sanctorum’ which is about a young child who is convinced that his missing mother may reappear if he prays hard enough. He runs away, while her disappearance holds secrets about the government and drug mafia. Director Joshua Gil has earlier made La Maldad which premiered at the 65th Berlinale. Sanctorum has already been doing the rounds at festivals and garnering awards and acclaim.
The other three titles include Argentina’s “Las Buenas Intenciones,” a family drama about three siblings who try living with their divorced parents alternatively. It is inspired by a true story. Panama’s “Panquiaco” is a documentary about a fisherman from Panama experiencing homesickness as he struggles for livelihood in Portugal. Chilean Jorge Donoso Mena directs “Parió y Criao” (Born and Raised), which is about a Colombian slum-dweller who works as a housemaid and fends for her grandson who wants to be a soccer player.
Last year’s Primer Corte winner was Lila Avilés “The Chambermaid” which was selected for Toronto and San Sebastian and won the best film at October’s Morelia Film Festival.