International Filmmaker Award Finalists Announced (2)
Alejandro Fernández Almendras / HUACHO (Chile) – Set in the Chilean countryside, HUACHO presents a day in the life of a small rural family struggling to adjust to changing economic realities and a modern world that continues to move on without them.
Alejandro Fernández Almendras was born in Chillán, Chile, in 1971. He has worked as a journalist, photographer and film critic, and has lived in Chile and New York. He has directed several short films, including LO QUE TRAE LA LLUVIA (2007), which screened at the Berlin Film Festival and was awarded the Casa de Americas prize in the Version Española short film competition; and DESDE LEJOS (2006), which won best short film at the Santiago International Film Festival, and best regional work at the Valdivia Film Festival. Almendras is a 2007 Artists’ Fellowship recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).
Paz Fabrega / AGUA FRIA DE MAR (Costa Rica) — On the south pacific coast of Costa Rica, a young woman encounters a strange little girl, who brings on a crisis of unsuspected proportions. She is faced with the limitations and loneliness of her privileged life complicated by the heightened atmosphere of the unpredictable, vast nature, which make human effort seems small and absurd.
Paz Fabrega studied filmmaking at the London Film School. Her graduation film, TEMPORAL, shot in rural Costa Rica, has been in competition at Clermont Ferrand, Tampere, Angers and AFI Latin American Film Festival and won the best short award in Biarritz and best fiction in Costa Rica. AGUA FRIA DE MAR, her first feature, was developed at the Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam, won the ARTE award at the Buenos Aires Lab in BAFICI, and has received development support from the Hubert Bals Fund.
Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra / HARD LABOR (Brazil) – Strange and terrifying things start to happen inside the newly opened store of a young middle-class housewife as family relations and social roles shift when her husband suddenly loses his job.
Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra studied at the São Paulo University’s Film School. Their graduation film THE WHITE SHEET was shown in many festivals around the world, including the Cinéfondation in Cannes 2005. Their second short, A STEM, was selected for the International Critic’s Week in Cannes 2007, and won the Kodak Discovery Award for Best Short Film. Both Juliana and Marco are members of Filmes do Caixote, a collective of several young directors from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. TRABALHAR CANSA (HARD LABOR) is their first feature film.