Next September, the NGO Gehitu will present the SEBASTIANE AWARD to the film production which best reflects the reality, freedom and social progress of the LGBTI group. Celebrating its 18th edition this year, the mentioned award will be presented within the San Sebastian Film Festival which will take place between September 22th to 30th. Seven f lms are in competition and five out of competition. On the “Horizontes Latinos” section of this festival, the winning film of the 5th SEBASTIANE LATINO Award “Una mujer fantástica” (Chile-Germany-Spain-USA), by Sebastián Lelio, will also be screened In the inaugural session of this competition.
We want to express our satisfaction for the great number of Latin American participants in the 3rd International LGBTI Film Festivals Conference to be held between September 25th to 27th. Such event, brought together with San Sebastian Film Festival and Spain’s Public Agency for Culture Action (AC/E) whit the Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE), tries to build links between the two continents as well as become a framework for reflection about the reality of this kind of festivals.
SOLDAŢII. POVESTE DIN FERENTARI / SOLDIERS. STORY FROM FERENTARI
Ivana Mladenovic (Romania-Serbia-Belgium)
Adi (40), a young anthropologist recently left by his girlfriend, moves to Ferentari (the poorest neighborhood in Bucharest) to write a study on manele music (the pop music of the Roma community). While researching his subject, he meets Alberto, a Roma ex-convict who promises to help him. Soon, the two begin a romance in which Adi feeds Alberto improbable plans to escape poverty while Alberto reciprocates with well-concocted phrases of love. When the money runs out, both find themselves trapped in an apartment where they love and use each other, in a game of need and power that has no winners.
Gilles Coulier (Belgium- Netherlands – France)
In the cold waters of the North Sea, Leon Broucke falls overboard his fishing boat right before the eyes of his eldest son, Jean. The old man slips into a deep coma, leaving his son behind with a huge debt and the responsibility of the family business. The absence of his father sets off an aftershock of conflicts between him and his two brothers. Francis is torn between his family and leaving with his secret lover. William returns home to escape his life of crime, and redeem himself. Desperate to build a future for his 8-year-old son, Jean recriminates his brother for his criminal past. Cargo is a story about how desperation can bring a family to the edge of destruction.
UNA MUJER FANTÁSTICA
Sebastián Lelio (Chile-Germany-Spain-USA)
Marina is a young waitress and wannabe singer; Orlando owns a printing company. Together they plan their future. When Orlando dies suddenly, Marina has to stand up to her family and society to show them what she truly is: a complex, strong, forthright and… fantastic woman. Teddy Award and Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlinale 2017. Sebastiane Latino Award
120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE (120 BPM) / 120 BEATS PER MINUTE
Robin Canpillo (France)
Paris, in the early 1990s. A group of young activists multiply their actions to raise awareness of AIDS. Nathan, a newcomer to the group, has his world shaken up by the radical stance and energy of Sean, who throws the last of his strength into the struggle. Jury Grand Prix at Cannes.
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Luca Guadagnino (Italy – France)
North of Italy, Summer 1983. Elio Perlman, a 17-year-old American/French/Italian boy spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa lazily transcribing music and flirting with his friend Marzia. One day Oliver, an American 24-year-old, arrives to help Elio’s father in his academic activities while working on his doctorate on Heraclitus for a few weeks. Elio and Oliver will discover the beauty of desire slowly unfolding in the course of this unique summer.
Ofir Raul Graizer (Germany -Israel)
Thomas, a young German pastry maker, is having an affair with Oren, a married Israeli man who makes frequent business trips to Berlin. When Oren dies in a car accident in Israel, Thomas heads for Jerusalem in search of answers to his death. Using a false name, Thomas worms himself into the life of Anat, his lover’s recently widowed wife, to the point of becoming assistant chef in her bar.
MADE IN SPAIN
Physical appearance conditions us in regard to society, whether or not it is our choice. Pieles is the tale of physically diverse people whose differences have forced them to hide, shut themselves away or group together. Samantha, a woman with an inverted digestive system, Laura, a girl with no eyes, or Ana, a woman with a deformed face. Lonely people who fight to find their place in a society that only understands one kind of physical appearance, which excludes and mistreats those who don’t fit in.
OUT OF COMPETITION
FOR THE GOOD TIMES
Andrés Daniel Sainz (ZINEMIRA-Zinemira Kimuak)
On the birthday of the patriarch of the family, one of his sons decides to come out of the closet and test the tolerance of his nearest and dearest. But the surprises that he has up his sleeve do not end there.
EL SUEÑO DE ANA
José Luis Torres Leiva (Chile / ZABALTEGI – Tabakalera)
Ana tells us about a dream she had with her partner, recently deceased. El sueño de Ana is the epilogue of the coming feature film project currently being prepared by José Luis Torres Leiva, entitled Vendrá la muerte y tendrá tus ojos (Death Will Come and It Will Have Your Eyes), about death, love and the start of a new phase.
Jorge Jácome (Portugal /ZABALTEGI – Tabakalera)
When a natural crisis occurs, the entire population of the Azores is forced to evacuate due to an uncontrolled plague of hydrangeas, a common flower in the islands. Two young soldiers, impassioned by the beauty of the landscape, guide us through the tales of sadness of those forced to leave and the inherent desire to resist and stay on the islands. The filmic wandering becomes a nostalgic and political reflection on territorial belonging and identity, and the roles we assume in the places we come from.
FILMS – TVE GALA
Javier Calvo, Javier Ambrossi (Spain)
Segovia. A Christian Summer camp, called ‘The Compass’. Bernarda, a nun who has just got there, wants to save the camp with her song Viviremos firmes en la fe. Sister Milagros, a young woman who doubts, remembers she liked Presuntos Implicados very much. María and Susana, two adolescents who are there as a punishment, have a band called Suma Latina. But since God appeared to María, everything is changing. And that’s because God loves Whitney Houston.
GENDER STUDIES – SHORT-FILMS
Irati Gorostidi, Arantza Santesteban (ZINEMIRA-Zinemira Kimuak)
The film Euritan is a review of the narrative Klara eta biok, written by Itxaro Borda in 1985. Pitting the author against the words of her past, it updates her view on the peripheral relationship around the Basque character. Klara eta biok was a LGTBI basque narrative.