Films From Brazil, Chile, and Venezuela Selected for Cannes' Critics Week

Los Perros  by Marcela Said

Los Perros by Marcela Said

Critics Week, the Cannes Film Festival’s parallel section dedicated to first and second films has announced the lineup for its 56th edition which will premiere three Latin American films: La Familia by Gustavo Rondón Córdova from Venezuela, Los Perros by Marcela Said from Chile, and Gabriel and the Mountain by Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa from Brazil.

Ronda Córdova’s debut feature tells the story of a father and his estranged son wandering across the city of Caracas after fleeing their dangerous suburb.

Starring Pablo Larraín regulars Antonia Zegers and Alfredo Castro, Said’s follow up to her acclaimed The Summer of the Flying Fish, is a story about the consequences of Pinochet dictatorship on Chilean society and the prevailing hypocrisy. The film follows Mariana, an affluent woman despised by both her father and her husband, she feels a strange attraction towards her riding teacher, Juan, a former colonel suspected of human rights abuses during the dictatorship. But their offending affair cracks through the invisible walls that protect her family from the past.

Brazilian filmmaker Barbosa (Casa Grande) follows the footsteps of his friend Gabriel, who died tragically in Malawi when he got lost while he was trekking in the mountains. The meaning of this journey will reveal itself through the encounters and the testimonies of those who met or knew Gabriel. The Brazilian film, capturing the young idealist’s journey to Africa, was shot in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi.