The 63rd Berlin International Festival has announced the first six contenders from its competition lineup, including the world premiere of Gloria (pictured), the most recent film by Chilean director Sebastián Lelio.
Known from previous films such as La Sagrada Familia, Navidad, and El año del tigre, Lelio directs this film about an Gloria, a 58 year-old lonely woman who dreams about a last love and fills her evening attending parties for single adults. Her happiness changes one day when she meets Rodolfo, a recently separated 65 year-old with an unhealthy dependence on his children and ex-wife. This troubled romance will have her confront her last years with different expectations and find new strength with the realization that she's finally getting old.
Lelio's film is a recipient of the San Sebastian Film Festival's Films in Progress, which is aimed at finishing uncompleted South American films. The Berlin International Film Festival runs from February 7-17, 2013.