Six projects selected for the eighth Ikusmira Berriak programme
- Three Latin American films and three Spanish ones will be developed during the residencies run by the San Sebastián Festival, the Tabakalera Cultural Centre and the Elías Querejeta Film School
Projects by Ana Cristina Barragán, Jaume Claret, Meritxell Colell, Irati Gorostidi, Joâo Paulo Miranda and Maximiliano Schonfeld have been chosen for the eighth edition of Ikusmira Berriak, picked from among the 281 that were sent in. Thus, in 2022, the development programme for audiovisual projects organised by the San Sebastián Film Festival, the Tabakalera International Contemporary Cultural Centre and the Elías Querejeta Film School (EQZE) will increase its number of residencies from five to six.
In the national category, Meritxell Colell (Barcelona, 1983) has been chosen to develop Far from Trees, her third solo feature, following Facing the Wind [+see also:
film profile] (2018), which was premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, and Dúo, which is currently in post-production. Now, she takes on the epic journey of a woman who draws up a sound map of the most remote corners of the Andes in order to discuss mourning, fear, dreams, the legacy of exile and uprootedness.
Another Catalonian director, Jaume Claret (Barcelona, 1998), will be taking part with Strange River – a tale about masculinity in brotherly relationships that morphs to mirror the changes in the Danube’s shape – in the Nest category, where he premiered his short film Her and I (2020). Navarrese filmmaker Irati Gorostidi (Valle de Egües, 1988) will be representing the Basque Autonomous Community when she takes part with Anekumen, a tale about the disenchantment of a group of working-class activists who, in the late-1980s Basque Country, walk out of their factory and form a free-thinking commune in the mountains of Navarre. This will be her first feature, after various experiences in the field of short films and partaking in the Tabakalera Artists’ Space residency.
Ecuadorian filmmaker Ana Cristina Barragán (Quito, 1987), who picked up a Horizontes Award Special Mention at the San Sebastián Film Festival with her feature debut, 2016’s Alba [+see also:
film profile], has been selected as a representative of the Elías Querejeta Film School’s third intake of students with her project La hiedra, an exploration of the bond between mother and child, which tackles the relationship between bodies and nature.
Furthermore, the international category will boast two participants this year. Brazil’s Joâo Paulo Miranda (Porto Feliz, 1982), who took part in the New Directors competition with Memory House [+see also:
film profile] (2020), will make the most of this residency to work on his next film, another co-production between his home country and France: Bandeira, which tells of the descent into madness of a young indigenous man who is looking for gold in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest. Meanwhile, Frankenstein – a voyage through Argentinian landscapes and ways of life, detours and "fragile, almost invisible, contours" – is the title of the project by Argentina’s Maximiliano Schonfeld (Crespo, 1982), who opened Horizontes Latinos at the most recent edition of the San Sebastián Film Festival with his third fiction feature, Jesús López [+see also:
film profile], which previously took part in WIP Latam 2020.
Here is the full list of projects:
Far from Trees - Meritxell Colell
Strange River - Jaume Claret
Basque Autonomous Community
Anekumen - Irati Gorostidi
La hiedra - Ana Cristina Barragán (Ecuador)
Bandeira - Joâo Paulo Miranda (Brazil/France)
Frankenstein - Maximiliano Schonfeld (Argentina)
(Translated from Spanish)
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