San Sebastian: ‘The Chambermaid,’ ‘Core of the World,’ ‘Journey’ Make New Directors Cut

Variety | 7/12/2018 | John Hopewell
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MADRID — Lila Avilés’ “The Chambermaid,” Natalia Meschaninova’s “Core of the World” and Celia Rico’s “Journey To a Mother’s Room” have been selected for San Sebastián’s Kutxabank New Directors’ competition, which has consolidated over the years as one of the festival’s most exciting sections.

Also one of Europe’s strongest new talent showcases, offering a €50,000 ($58,434) cash prize for the winning film, the New Directors’ showcase is the biggest sidebar at the highest-profile festival in the Spanish-speaking world, a constant fount of firm fest favorites and select titles which break out to world sales, as well as a snap-shot of major contemporary trends in world cinema.

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female directors who bring a woman’s sensibility to films, tracing growing sorority, (“Journey To a Mother’s Room) the contemporary inhibition of masculinity (“Core of the World”) or the plight of women in a patriarchal society (“The Chambermaid,” “The Third Wife”).

Other New Directors contenders, however, discover the near-cinematographic in contemporary life, whether in the wilds of an outer city (“The Deer”), a war hero of Fidel Castro’s Angola and Nicaragua campaigns (“To War”); or a member of a small-time bank heist dynasty, recalling the anti-heroes of European film noir (“Notes for a Heist Film”). Yet others still note the dislocation of a fractured tensed disenfranchised society.

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Co-produced by Los Angeles-based LA Panda and Axel Shelson at Bad Boy Billy Productions, actress-turned-director Avilés’ “The Chambermaid,” the big winner at December’s Ventana Sur Primer Corte, is also the only U.S. movie in the section, though a few titles are still to be selected. Also shown in rough cut at Los Cabos Festival, it is a grounded fiction film which treks after a chambermaid on her daily grind around Mexico City’s chicly wood-paneled Hotel Presidente Internacional. But it is also a story which many...
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