Four Latin American Films Headed to the Berlinale


The Berlin International Festival has announced its dramatic and documentary feature selections for the 2013 Panorama Selection, which includes four Latin American films.

Deshora/ Belated, an Argentina-Colombia-Norway coproduction, directed by Barbara Sarasola-Day will have its world premiere at Berlinale. At a tobacco estate in the Argentine northwest, married couple Ernesto and Helena receive, Joaquin, Helena's unknown cousin just discharged from rehab. Although she believes she may be the center of a love triangle, an attraction sparks between both men instead.

The international premiere of the Argentine-Brazilian co-production of Habi, la extranjera is a story of Analía, a 20 year-old who accidentally sneaks into a Muslim funeral, and fascinated by Iranian culture poses as a Muslim, adopting a name that she draws from an ad. But she never expects to meet a young Lebanese man who confuses her for his missing sister. 

Also an international premiere is La piscina / The Swimming Pool by young Cuban filmmaker Carlos Machado, recounts a day in the life of a swimming teacher and his students, some with certain physical or mental disabilities. 

Tanta agua / So Much Water (pictured), the Uruguay film in co-production with Mexico-Netherlands-Germany, is about two siblings on vacation with their father, Alberto, to a cabin in the hot springs one stormy morning. When on arrival, they learn it is forbidden to use the pool during an electric storm. Although the Alberto tries to remain positive, the house he has rented seems to get smaller and smaller as everyone's patience runs out. Directed by Ana Guevara Pose and Leticia Jorge Romero, the film will have its world premiere. 

These titles add to the previously announced Chilean film Gloria by Sebastián Lelio, which which will also premiere at the festival. The selection of films chosen for the Panorama program provides insight on new directions in art house cinema by renowned and promising directors. All films in Panorama celebrate their world or European premiere. The Berlin International Film Festival runs from February 7 through the 17th, 2013.