del Solar’s “Magallanes” Wins Films in Progress Award at San Sebastian Film Festival

The first time’s the charm for Salvador del Solar

The 44-year-old Peruvian actor’s directorial debut Magallanes picked up the Films in Progress award on Wednesday night at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

Salvador del Solar

del Solar’s film portrays a man who’s humdrum life suddenly changes when a woman he met while serving in Peru’s military leaps into his taxi.

Magallanes, a Peru-Argentina-Columbia co-production, beat out five other promising, yet unfinished film contenders, including Jayro Bustamante‘s Ixcanul, which received an honorable mention from the competition jury.

The Films in Progress sidebar gives international buyers of Spanish-speaking films a sneak peek at strong projects aimed at the world market.

del Solar just starred in Javier Fuentes-León‘s The Vanished Elephant, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month.

Also in San Sebastian, the Europe-Latin America co-production forum award for the best 2014 project went to Armando Capo’s Agosto, a Costa Rica-Cuba co-production. The jury gave an honorable mention to Walls, directed by Spain’s Pablo Iraburu and Migueltxo Molina.

The San Sebastian festival runs in Spain’s Basque region until Saturday.

Fuentes-León’s Thriller “The Vanished Elephant” to Premiere at the Toronto Film Festival

Javier Fuentes-León has an elephant-sized project…

The Peruvian film writer and director’s thriller pays homage to Hollywood film noir and the reality-twisting fictions of Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar.

The Vanished Elephant

Fuentes-León’s The Vanished Elephant, which has its premiere Saturday at the Toronto Film Festival, stars Salvador del Solar as a crime novelist whose fiancée has been missing for seven years.

He’s given a clue to the mystery by a woman (portrayed by Angie Cepeda) whose ex-husband died the same day the writer’s betrothed vanished.

Lucho Cáceres, Tatiana Astengo, Vanessa Saba and Andrés Parra also star in the Peru-Colombia-Spain co-production.

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