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LatinoBuzz: Latino Presence in Cannes

by Carlos Aguilar
May 13, 2014 10:00 AM
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Ricardo Darín in "Wild Tales"
Ricardo Darín in "Wild Tales"

This year’s Cannes Film Festival will see a much less prominent Latino presence than in previous years. Considering that in the past two editions the award for Best Director went to Carlos Reygadas (Post Tenebraz Lux) and Amat Escalante (Heli) respectively, the limited selection of Latin American films should come as surprise. There is only a handful of these films throughout the entire program, but despite the shortage of Latin talent at the Croisette this time around, the ones that made the cut are promising works.

Here are some highlights of the upcoming Latino presence in Cannes.

-Wild Tales by Damián Szifron is the only Latino Film in the main Competition

As the sole Latin American representative to compete for the Palm d’Or, the Argentine film promises to impress audiences at its World Premiere on Saturday May 17th. Starring famous actor Ricardo Darín, as well as Darío Grandinetti, Leonardo Sbaraglia, and Oscar Martínez, the film is said to be controversial and possibly divisive as Cannes’ Thierry Frémaux assured.


-Refugee by Diego Lerman is the only Latin American feature in the Directors’ Fortnight

This is the latest from the Argentine filmmaker, which is a road movie that follows a young boy and his pregnant mother as they run away from a violent environment. Starring Julieta Díaz and Sebastián Molinaro, it’s a co-production between Campo Cine (Argentina) and Burning Blue (Colombia). A short film from Brazil titled Heartless (Sem coração) by Nara Normande y Tião, will also play in this section of the festival. Trincheira Filmes, Garça Torta and CinemaScópio produced the short.

Gente de Bien
Gente de Bien

-Gente de Bien (Good People) will be the only Latin American film to play in Cannes’ Critic’s Week

The feature debut from Colombian director Franco Lolli, Gente de Bien, will represent the region during the 53rd edition of this parallel section. The cast includes Brayan Santamaría, Carlos Fernando Pérez and Alejandra Borrero, in a story about a son’s relationship with his father. Charles Tesson, Artistic Director of this program, said of the film “ It is a work of overwhelming sincerity, close to the emotion in some of films by Ozu”. The film was produced by Evidencia Films, Geko Films. Ad Vitam will distribute it in France, and Versatile is its ISA.

Although there will be no Latin American shorts playing in this section, for the 11th consecutive year as part of a Cannes partnership with the Morelia International Film Festival, a program of Mexican shorts will be featured. Among these films are Aningaaq by Jonás Cuarón,The Sidewalk by Anaïs Pareto Onghena, The End of the Existence of Things by Dalia Huerta Cano, Jesuralem by Alicia Segovia Juárez, The Invisible Mountains by Ángel Linares, and The Last Veil by David Palomino Benítez.

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