Costa Rican film Por las plumas / All About the Feathers (pictured), the directorial debut by Neto Villalobos, will have its world premiere at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival, marking the first time a film from the Central American country is featured in the festival. The film, about a security guard who wants to get into the cockfighting game buys, befriends, and becomes inseparable from his rooster protégé Rocky, will be playing at the 'Discoveries' section of the festival, as it was announced today.
"We are very happy and proud. It is the first time a Costa Rican film participates in such big showcase and stands out in the North American festivals and markets. We think the will open the way for other films in the region", says María Lourdes Cortés, director of Cinergia, the prestigious and influential Central American film fund that supported Villalobos' film. "Besides, being a film that has roots in a local story, of something that we might think banal -someone's wish to own a rooster-, means that our stories can reach very large audiences", she adds.
Other Latin American films selected for the 'Discoveries' section are the Mexican films Los insólitos peces gato / The Amazing Catfish, the directorial debut by Claudia Sainte-Luce and Paraíso / Paradise, Mariana Chenillo's follow up film to her acclaimed Cinco días sin Nora / Nora's Will; the Chilean film El verano de los peces voladores / The Summer of Flying Fish by Marcela Said; and the world premiere of the Uruguayan film El lugar del hijo / The Militant by Manolo Nieto Zas (The Dog Pound).
The 2013 edition of the Toronto Film Festival will take place September 5 - 15 in Canada.