San Sebastián, Sep 23 (EFE).- Ecuadorian filmmaker Ana Cristina Barragán closes this Friday the hard-fought competition for Horizontes Latinos at the 70th edition of the San Sebastián Film Festival with “La piel octopo”, the story of the relationship intense between Iris and Ariel, 17-year-old twins who live on an island separated from the rest of the world.
Inspired by “Nobody knows”, by Hirokazu Koreeda, Barragán writes about a family who live in isolation due to the decision of a mother “hurt by the city” and who have “erratic and violent” behavior, explains the director in an interview. with Efa.
The twins have a very special “hermetic and intimate” relationship in a film about feelings that are also expressed beyond the verbal. Unlike “Canino”, by Yorgos Lanthimos, which the director did not see until her screenplay was recommended to her, these are “isolated teenagers on the loose”.
“I am interested in what is not domesticated, in what is outside the regulations”, explains Barragán (Quito, 1987), who spent a lot of time as a child on the beach in Ecuador where the film was shot. , where his father now lives. , in a natural environment of great beauty.
This is not the case with the father of the boys from “The Octopus Skin”, who decides to return to civilization and is a character who is ashamed for his family.
During the film, dreamlike underwater images of octopuses and molluscs mingle, which, according to the director, represent “an underground world of strange species that simply inhabit it and are an enigma”.
“I care about dealing with characters who do not fit into the environment around them and who undertake a search from their solitude”, explains Barragán, whose first feature film, “Alba” (2016), premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival, screened in over 100 competitions and received over 30 awards.
TWELVE FILMS IN COMPETITION
“La piel octopo” is the twelfth and final film to premiere in the Horizontes Latinos competition, a selection of feature films of the year, previously unseen in Spain, wholly or partially produced in Latin America, directed by filmmakers of Latin origin, or whose setting or theme is Latino communities around the world.
The contest was opened by veteran Chilean director Patricio Guzmán with a documentary about the revolution that broke out in Chile in 2019 that led to a new Constitution to replace Pinochet’s, which was recently rejected in a referendum.
Also from Chile came ‘1976’, a story by Manuela Martelli about a jaded bourgeois woman (Aline Kuppenheim), who enters the dangerous environment of underground opposition to the dictatorial regime while taking an interesting inner journey.
It also discusses politics and history, in addition to literature, “El Caso Padilla”, by Cuban Pavel Giroud, which shows never-before-seen footage of a self-incriminating appearance by poet Heberto Padilla before the writers’ guild after his arrest in 1971.
The Colombians Andrés Ramírez Pulido and Fabián Hernández attend it respectively with “La Jauría” and “Un varón”, in which they delve into the stories of young people marked by violence and poverty. “La Jauría”, which received the Grand Prize at the Cannes Critics’ Week, takes us to an experimental rehabilitation center in the middle of the jungle, and the first film “A man” to the struggle for survival in the streets of Bogota .
Although they do not live in a criminal environment, they are also teenagers, with the typical emotions and anxieties of this vital stage, the protagonists of “Sublime”, by Argentinian Mariano Biasin, an LGTB story that won the Sebastiane Latino prize, which is awarded by the jury made up of members of the Association of Gays, Lesbians, Trans, Bisexuals and Intersex people of the Basque Country.
For her part, the Mexican Natalia Beristain entered the competition with “Ruido”, a cry against impunity with which the story of Julia is known, who becomes one of the women who seek disappearances by violence, in a drama starring Julieta Egurrola, the director’s mother.
Juan Pablo González, also Mexican, competes with “Two Seasons”, whose protagonist tries to keep a tequila factory in Jalisco afloat in the midst of powerful foreign companies.
“I have electric dreams”, by Costa Rican Valentina Maurel, delves into the romantic relationship of a teenager with her abusive father, while “Vicenta B.”, by Cuban Carlos Lechuga, depicts Santeria as a balm to the loneliness of Cuban mothers who lose their children, either because they leave the island or because they are burned there.
Finally, the first film by the Brazilian Carolina Makowicz, “Carbón”, was presented, in which a family who lives next to a factory welcomes an Argentine capo played by César Bordón, in a story that shows how they go beyond the limits of the absurd to escape misery.
Tomorrow Saturday, during the closing gala of the San Sebastian Film Festival, the winner of the Horizontes Prize, endowed with 35,000 euros for the director and the distributor in Spain, will be announced.
Marina Estevez Torreblanca