The award presented by GEHITU will recognise the title best representing sexual and gender diversity
A jury made up of members of GEHITU, the Basque association of gays, lesbians, transexuals and bisexuals, has selected five Latin American films as finalists for the IX Sebastiane Latino Award, to be presented during the San Sebastian Festival’s 69th edition. The selected titles are A primeira morte de Joana, El baile de los 41, Madalena, MedusaandNudo mixteco.
The award goes to the Latin American film to best represent the defence of the demands and values of lesbians, gays, transexuals and bisexuals. In 2021, five moviemakers symbolise this defence the length and breadth of the continent with two films from Mexico and another three from Brazil.
“These two countries stand at the global vanguard in the field not only of achieving rights in favour of LGBTI persons, but also as a laboratory of ideas and actions to guarantee that these advances take hold in a society where violence remains in place against this group and women are urged to behave in order to stay safe”, say GEHITU. The collective notes that the selection includes “reflections of the joint reaction of Latin women, of the indigenous peoples and of the LGBTI collective by lending visibility to the historic LGBTI memory and its reality in the indigenous communities or by denouncing the killing of women, and particularly trans women”. GEHITU therefore thanks “the Latin example of united response by women and diversity in the face of the organised violence against all of us”.
In 2020, the Sebastiane Latino Award went to the Argentine production Las mil y una, by Clarisa Navas, a complex reflection of the reality of the acronym LGTBIQ+ in the shape of a Lesbian love story. The film will be screened in different towns of Gipuzkoa in the days leading up to San Sebastian Festival, with the presence of its director.
By announcing the 9th edition of the award, whose winner will be revealed in August, GEHITU continues to support Latin American LGTB+ cinema in the framework of the San Sebastian Festival. During the 69th edition of the event, the Sebastiane Award will also be presented and those responsible will organise the VII Meeting of Ibero-American LGBTI Film Festivals.
A PRIMEIRA MORTE DE JOANA
CRISTIANE OLIVEIRA | BRASIL | 2021 | 91’
JJoana, 13, wants to find out why her great-aunt died at 70 without ever having dated anyone. As she confronts the values of her community in Southern Brazil, Joana realizes that all the women in her family have a secret, while something hidden inside her also reveals.
El baile de los 41
DAVID PABLOS | MÉXICO | 2020 | 99’
XIX. mendearen amaieranAt the end of the 19th century, Ignacio de la Torre married the daughter of the president of Mexico, Porfirio Díaz. Ignacio leads a double life: he rises in the traditional world of politics while being a member of a gay clandestine society.
MADIANO MARCHETI | BRASIL | 2021 | 85’
Luzianek, Cristianok eta Biancak ez dute ia elkarren antzik, denak soja zelaiez inguratutako Brasilgo mendebaldeko hiri berean bizi direla alde batera utzita. Elkar ezagutzen ez duten arren, hirurak minduta daude Madalenaren desagerpena dela-eta. Hiriko leku ezberdinetan, bakoitzak bere erara erreakzionatuko du bere absentziaren aurrean.
Luziane, Cristiano, and Bianca have almost nothing in common, beside the fact that they all live in the same rural city surrounded by soy fields in western Brazil. While they don’t know one another, each of them is affected by Madalena’s disappearance. In different parts of the town, each in their own way, they react to her absence.
Ángeles Cruz | México | 2021 | 91 min.
Chabela, Maria eta Luziane, Cristiano, and Bianca have almost nothing in common, beside the fact that they all live in the same rural city surrounded by soy fields in western Brazil. While they don’t know one another, each of them is affected by Madalena’s disappearance. In different parts of the town, each in their own way, they react to her absence.