MADRID - Sebastian Cordero's "Such Is Life in the Tropics," Fernando Guzzoni's "Nobody Boy" and Adrian Saba's "Donde suenan los salvajes" are among 16 projects selected for the San Sebastian Festival's second Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum, one of its main industry events.

San Sebastian's Forum is supported by the Cannes Market and Argentina's Incaa Film Institute with select project producers being invited to Ventana Sur and next May's Cannes Producers Network.

Rolling off Magnolia's U.S. bow on Aug. 2 of sci-fi thriller "Europa Report," Cordero's first full English-language movie that met with an upbeat critical reception and $22,243 on a three-theater limited release, "Tropics" marks his return to his native Ecuador with the tale of a Guayaquil bigwig, killing a boy on an illegal deer hunt.

First fruit of Ecuador's Carnaval Cine, whose partners are Cordero, screenwriter Andres Crespo and producer Arturo Yepez, "Tropics" is already stirring buzz on the international market.

A dysfunctional father-son relationship drama produced by Paz Urrutia at Chile's Solita Producciones, "Nobody Boy" reps Guzzoni's follow-up to debut "Dog Flesh," which took San Sebastian's New Directors Prize in 2012.

First presented at Toulouse's Cinema in Development, "Donde sueñan los salvajes," about a teen enamored of his Lima gang leader's sister, was developed at Cannes Cinefondation Residence. Saba's micro-budget debut, "The Cleaner," won Palm Springs' 2013 New Voices/New Visions competition.

In a major reshaping of San Sebastian's industry events, the second Forum will run Sept. 23-25, parallel to fest's Films in Progress, one of the strongest pix-in-post showcases in the Spanish-speaking world.

Dating creates an effective three-day meet-mart concentrating industry attendance and biz at the Spanish festival.

Marking further departures, Spanish rights collection society Egeda will award a €10,000 ($13,000) cash prize to the Forum's best project; one project will also be invited to the Central American/Caribbean development workshop organized by the Ibermedia Program film fund for Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Further Forum projects feature up-and-coming talent such as Argentina's Milagros Mumenthaler, Mexico's Lucia Carreras and Cuba's Pavel Giroud.

Mumenthaler's "Pozo de aire" is her awaited follow-up to 2011's "Back to Stay," which topped the Locarno and Mar del Plata fests.

Produced by Mexico's Filmadora Producciones, the solitude-themed "Tamara and the Ladybug" is helmed by Carreras, co-scribe of Cannes Camera d'Or winner "Leap Year."

Unspooling during the early days of AIDS in Cuba, Giroud's "El acompanante" is set up at Edgard Tenembaum's Paris-based Tu Vas Voir, the producer of Walter Salles' "The Motorcycle Diaries."

A well-regarded Spanish distaff director, best known for politically-tinged dramas, ("Ander eta Yul," "Paisito"), Ana Diez will present "La puerta del amor."

Other movie projects to be pitched at San Sebastian include Cesar Augusto Acevedo's rural drama "La tierra y la sombra," produced by Diana Bustamante's Colombia-based Burning Blue, Uruguayan comedy "Las toninas van al este," from Gonzalo Delgado and Veronica Perrotta, "Camino de paz," Argentinean Francisco Varone's odd-couple friendship drama between an aged and ill Muslim and a young slacker, and "A la sombra de los arboles" Chilean Matias Rojas' real-event-inspired child abuse chronicle, winner of June's Bolivia Lab.

Also at the Forum: Brazilian Andre Gevaerd's "Do outra lado da lua," documentary "La noche oscura del alma," from Colombia's Augusto Sandino, co-producer of "Karen Cries on a Bus," and another Colombian project, Mario Esteban Castano's Amazon-set "Virgen exotica."

Two more Spanish projects - Pedro Aguilera's "Demonios tus ojos" and Antonio Cuadri's "Operacion Concha" - will also be presented to potential co-producers and sales agents.


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