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2022 San Sebastian: Barragán’s Octopus Skin, Markowicz’s Charcoal & Martelli’s 1976 Populate Horizontes Latinos

2022 San Sebastian: Barragán’s Octopus Skin, Markowicz’s Charcoal & Martelli’s 1976 Populate Horizontes Latinos

Juan Pablo González‘s Sundance winning Dos Estaciones, Manuela Martelli‘s Quinzaine section winning 1976, Andrés Ramírez Pulido‘s Critics’ Week winner La Jauría, Carolina Markowicz‘s Platform (TIFF) competing Charcoal and Ana Cristina Barragán‘s Octupus Skin are all part of the dozen films selected for the Horizontes Latinos line-up at the 2022 San Sebastian International Film Festival. Clearly a section filled with 2022 film festival riches, the section will open with Patricio Guzmán’s My Imaginary Country – a Cannes entry that Icarus Films will premiere next month.

It’s worth noting that Barragán’s Octopus Skin (aka La Piel Pulpo) (also a Guadalajara Film Festival post prod fund  winner) is one of four films featured in this year’s Horizontes line-up that screened in last year’s WIP Latam. That film tells the story of twins growing up on a rocky island who share an uncommonly intimate relationship. Another WIP alumni is Carlos Lechuga’s Vicenta B.  (a Cuba/Colombia/Norway/France coproduction) — a story set in Cuba about the titular Vicenta B – a respected “santera” in Havana who has the gift of clairvoyance. While her business thrives, she hopes that her son continues the family tradition of helping others. But he decides to emigrate and Vicenta finds herself in a crisis of faith and loses her gift.

Here are the dozen titles selected:

My Imaginary Country (Fr-Chile) – opening night film – Dir. Patricio Guzmán
Octopus Skin (Ecuador-Greece-Mex-Fr-Ger) – closing night film – Dir. Ana Cristina Barragán
1976 (Chile) – Dir. Manuela Martelli
Charcoal (Bra-Arg) – Dir. Carolina Markowicz
Dos Estaciones (Mex-Fr-US) – Dir. Juan Pablo González
The Badilla Affair (Sp-Cuba) – Dir. Pavel Giroud
La Jauría (Fr-Col) – Dir. Andrés Ramírez Pulido
Noise (Mex) – Dir. Natalia Beristain
Sublime (Arg) – Dir. Mariano Biasin
Tengo Sueños Eléctricos (Bel-Fr-Costa Rica) – Dir. Valentina Maurel
Un Varón (Col-Fr-Neth-Ger) – Dir. Fabián Hernández
Vicenta B. (Cuba-Fr-US-Col-Nor) – Dir. Carlos Lechuga

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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