BAJA FEST, LOS CABOS – New films by a roll-call of young, on-the-rise Mexican helmers – Bernardo Arellano, Elise DuRant, Yulene Olaizola, Ruben Imaz, Tatiana Huezo, Jose Luis Valle, Gabriel Marino, Pablo Delgado Sanchez, Yolanda Cruz, Alejandra Marquez, – proved first recipients of Mexico’s Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund awards.
The grants were the first prizes to go down in the 2 nd Baja Intl. Film Festival (BIFF) in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, which operates the new fund.
Baja’s official choice prizes and Work in Progress Awards will be unveiled Saturday.
Awarded to seven projects within development and two in post-production, the funding is modest regarding pics in development, $5, 000 per movie for seven game titles, weightier for two post-prod awards: $51, 620 in post-prod services from Latin American lab Labodigital
Plaudits certainly serve to highlight new endeavors from directors who have often bowed to acclaim and multiple prizes since mid-last-decade.
Post-production plaudits went to Bernardo Arellano’s “The Beginning associated with Time” and Elise DuRant’s “Eden. ” First attracting industry attention when he won 2010’s San Sebastian’s Films in Progress with “Between Night and Day, ” Arellano’s “Time” has been presented in an early edit – the rought-cut lasted two hrs – at WIP Mexico.
Set up at April Shannon’s Agrupacion Caramelo Cinematografico, “Time” is an equally singular proposition, a explain of a frail ninety-year-old couple- the husband shuffle-walks slowly – chance in caring detail by Arellano’s handheld camera which dwells upon hands, clothes, blankets, who are pressured back to work, peddling tamales at a street-stall when the Mexican government suspends state pensions.
The particular feature deb of Elise Pendant, an assistant editor on four Woody Allen films, “Eden” furthermore unspooled in Work in Progress South america proving a heartfelt, autobiographical story about a young New York women who have returns to her home village within Mexico to confront the man responsable for her father’s flight from South america 25 years before. Pic looks set for an early 2014 fest berth.
Of development give winners, top Mexican shingle Canana announced at Baja that it generate “La Raya, ” the hype feature debut of Native Mexican docu filmmaker Yolanda Cruz, an indigenous community dramedy which was put through the Sundance Institute’s Workshop regarding Production, Writing and Directors.
OLaizola has helmed three fest-fave features straddling fiction and documentary (“Shakespeare and Victor Hugo’s Intimacies, ” “Artificial Paradises” and “Fogo”). With Ruben Imaz (“The Tortoise Family”) she will now immediate “Epitaph, ” about three Spanish conquistadores dispatched by Hernan Cortes to summit Popocatepetl, an active volcano, looking for sulfur.
Grafting hype and docu tropes, and falling characters into the world of nature, “Epitaph” will shoot with a little crew in February on Mexico’s dormant Pico de Orizaba regarding August delivery, its producer, Pablo Zimbron, said at Baja.
Marino whose debut, Berlinale Generation 14 Plus player “A Secret World, ” was obtained by Shoreline Entertainment, won a development grant for intimist post-Apocalypse tale “Irekani, ” as did Pablo Delgado Sanchez (“The Tears”), with “Lisbon, ” an older woman-young student relationship drama, which has been asked to apply for Cannes’ Cinefondation Residence.
Backed by Nicolas Celis at Mexico’s Pimienta Films and U. S. producer Jim Kampfstark, Hueto’s “Tempest”, a docu-feature, tracks the bus journey from Mexico’s north to south of a girl, who was unjustly imprisoned in a optimum security facility.
Huezo’s follow-up to docu-feature debut “The Tiniest Place, ” which earned Palm Springs 2012 John Schlesinger Award and garnered glowing reviews – Variety called it “sublime” – “Tempest” portrays “people that refuse to live with the fear that assault and impunity generate in South america, ” Hueto said.
A big-scale El Salvador-set hold thriller, “Operation Baby” is the 3rd fiction feature from Valle, whose “Workers” topped October’s Morelia Tillst?llning and won best local pic at March’s Guadalajara Festival.
Development awards were curved up by Alejandra Marquez’s beachside-set family drama “Holy Days, ” also produced by Celis and Kampfstark.