Films from Argentina and Chile Selected for San Sebastian Film Festival's New Directors Section


Two South American films will compete in the Kutxabank New Directors section at the 67th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain: the Chilean film Some Beasts / Algunas bestias, the second feature by Jorge Riquelme Serrano and the Argentine film The Good Intentions / Las buenas intenciones, the debut feature by Ana Garcia Blaya.

Starring Alfredo Castro (Rojo, No) and Paulina Garcia (Gloria), Some Beasts follows a family that travels to a remote island in southern Chile. During the trip they try to convince the grandparents to support them financially to build a hotel in the place. Nicolás, the man who crossed them disappears, leaving the family trapped on the island, the smiles begin to disappear. With cold, without water and without certainties, tempers are diluted, exposing the tensions that each member of the family hides.

Set in Argentina in early 90s, The Good Intentions tells the story of Amanda, 10-year old girl who has two younger siblings and divorced parents, Gustavo and Cecilia. The kids spend every other weekend at their father’s chaotic home. He’s a man who enjoys life with his 30-something friends, women who come and go, and work at the record shop he runs with his friend Néstor. But Gustavo is falling further and further behind on his child support payments to his ex-wife, so Cecilia decides to move with her partner and the three children to Paraguay, where the promise of a better financial future awaits them. Gustavo can’t refuse such a scheme. But Amanda is much more grounded than her father, and when she discovers her mother’s intentions, she hatches a scheme to stay and live with him in Argentina. Now she just needs to get her dad on board.

The winner of the Kutxabank-New Directors Award will receive a cash prize of € 50,000, the equivalente of $55,740 USD. The 67th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival will take place September 20 - 28 in Spain.