DEBUT wip, is a laboratory for documentary films at an advanced stage of editing, either the first or second film of an Ibero-American director. This laboratory was being held in Miradasdoc, and includes the collaboration of the Cali International Film Festival (Colombia) and the Santiago International Documentary Festival (Chile).
The attendance of the directing and editing team of the films shortlisted will lead to an enriching process among the projects, based on the analysis this laboratory’s tutor – Manuel Muñoz Rivas – perform on each of these.
LOS SUEÑOS DE MI PADRE Juan Ignacio Fernandez Hoppe/ Uruguay
My father, Juan José, was found dead on the beach with psychotropic drugs among his things. Since it was a suspected suicide, my other Alicia – a professional psychiatrist – deemed an autopsy unnecessary since it was the normal medication. I was eight years old. Thirty years later, finding a box of his belongings led to be undertake on a journey to reconstruct his image. As I get to know him, I find out that what unites us most might in fact be a condemnation. Los sueños de mi padre is a reflection on constructing identity by means of art, fatherhood and dreams.
BARBITCH Diego Gonzalez Cruz / Colombia
After working as a webcam model in Cali, Barbie – a transexual diva – decides to embark on a trip to Europe in search of a better future. But hardly had she arrived in Barcelona, and she’s obliged to start looking for somewhere to live and to work as a prostitute. With his camera, the filmmaker followed his friend Barbie for more than five years. The outcome is an intimate portrait that aims to trap the fanciful and reckless soul of a trans woman who, thanks to her mother’s love and her fantasies, seems to keep afloat in a hostile work doing its best to marginalise her.
Juan Ignacio Fernandez Hoppe
Juan Ignacio Fernandez Hoppe is a director and editor. His first feature length, Las flores de mi familia (2012) was shortlisted at DokLeipzig and Bafici, among other festivals. It won the Best Latin-American Film prize at FIDOCS.
Diego Gonzalez Cruz
Diego González Cruz took part as a scriptwriter and director in the feature-length documentary Barbitch, and as an assistant director in Somos Calentura by Jorge Navas (2018). He was furthermore assistant director in the shorts Hellhounds (2018) and Malvo (2009) and directed and wrote the short Nadia in 2017.
Audiovisual producer and editor graduated with honours from the Film and Television degree at the Manuela Beltrán University. His undergraduate short film “Non Serviam” won the award for best short film and the audience award of “EXA” and participated in the International Salon of Light, FICTU and others. Winner of “Ópera de Leyva” with his feature film project “Proyectil de medianoche”; scholarship holder of the Creative Production workshop of crisálida films in Medellin; “English plus film and TV” programme at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK and scholarship holder of the Transmedia Master at UMB. He is currently editor and associate producer of the feature documentary “Barbitch”.
MANUEL MUÑOZ RIVAS
(Seville, 1978) is a filmmaker based in Spain. After graduating in Information Sciences at the University of Seville, he relocated to London where he created his first videos and shorts at an amateur level. He then moved to Cuba, here he enrolled in the EICTV, the International School and TV and Film in San Antonio de los Baños, from which he graduated in 2004 after specialising in Editing. Since then, he has co-written and/or edited films such as Blanco en Blanco (2019), This film is about me (2019), Derechos del hombre (2018), Dead Slow Ahead (2015), Slimane (2013), Arraianos (2012), Ocaso (2010), which have been presented and on occasions awarded at leading festivals such as Venice, Locarno, Rotterdam and Toronto, and directed the feature-length El mar mira de lejos, which premièred at the Berlinale in 2017. He alternates his activities as a filmmaker with teaching, holding workshops from 2010 at locations such as EICTV (Cuba), ESCAC (Barcelona), LENS (Madrid), Altos de Chavón (Dominican Republic).