A few weeks before the start of the 36th edition of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, the curiosity to know details of the opening film, films in competition, tributes, juries, guests and special guests, teachers who will give talks, meetings that will be They will promote, books that will be presented, advances that will be shown, open-air projections that there will be, it does not stop growing.
Next week the launch will be held – virtually, from Buenos Aires and through the Official Channel of the Festival – and several of the questions will have their answers.
With the confirmation of the return to the presence, given by the president of the Festival. Fernando Juan Lima, at the end of November on the occasion of the launch of the “Camino al Festival” cycle and ratified last week with the signing of the collaboration agreement with the Municipality and the declaration “especially of interest” of the edition by the HCD, more concerns are generated.
Before the launch, LA CAPITAL learned that this year 127 films from all over the world will be screened in competition and in the different sections.
The screenings will be in 8 movie theaters – including 3 on Paseo Aldrey, including the Atmos room – and tickets will cost 90 pesos, with income of 60 pesos for students and retirees.
Tickets to attend the functions can be purchased both online and at the box office.
The Festival authorities indicated that in all the rooms the protocols and current capacity will be maintained, in addition to carrying out disinfection between each function.
They also clarified that the edition will be “anomalous”, given the circumstances. “It will not be the edition we dream of, but it is a dream to be able to do it,” said Lima.
A little history
The Mar del Plata International Film Festival will be held from November 18 to 28. Organized by the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (Incaa), it promotes cinematographic activity in all its forms, and films of various origins, themes and styles are exhibited on its screens. In it, the tradition of classic cinema coexists with new trends, new voices and new technologies.
The screenings are divided into sections: Competition (International, Latin American of Feature Films and Short Films, Argentina of Feature Films and Short Films, Altered States and Work in Progress); Panorama; Tributes and Retrospectives; Restorations.
In addition, the event is characterized by a significant number of Special Activities such as talks with Teachers, round tables, book presentations, special screenings and seminars of new criticism and the Forum of Cinema and Gender Perspective, which had its first edition at the 2018 festival.
The only one in Latin America of Category “A”, the Festival was conceived in 1954 under the presidency of Juan Domingo Perón, as the First Cinematographic Exhibition (not competitive), in which cinema was highlighted as a spectacle. Mar del Plata was chosen as the venue for this film festival for being the tourist destination par excellence. In its first edition, 18 countries were represented by 52 feature films and 49 short films by directors such as Vittorio de Sica, Luis Buñuel, Anthony Mann and Ingmar Bergman, among many others. Thus, a space of interest was inaugurated in the intellectual and cinematographic environment that made possible the creation of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival.
In 1959, the Festival became competitive. Organized by the Association of Argentine Cinematographic Cronistas, in that edition appear the Juries and the Awards. Year after year, the awards grew in prestige and the Festival grew to become the most important in Latin America. In 1959, the official statuette was named El Gaucho, a creation of the sculptor Pascual Buigues.
From 1959 to 1970, ten editions were made. The one in 1964 was in the city of Buenos Aires, and in 1967 and 1969 it alternated with the Rio de Janeiro Festival.
In 1996, the second stage of the Festival began. After 26 years of absence, it repositioned itself as an essential artistic-cultural event for the entire film scene.