Mar del Plata Festival: ten must-see films

It is a difficult task to choose only ten of the many titles that are seen in the different sections of this new edition of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival. The fact that it is a hybrid – part in person, part online – makes it possible for some films to be seen from home. And free.

But that is not what happens with productions that have large companies behind them, whether they are streaming or not.

So here are ten recommendations (and some yapa) not to miss.

King Richard: A Winning Family

Will Smith As Richard, The Father Of Tennis Players Venus And Serena Williams, In Reinaldo Marcus Green'S Film.  Photo Warner Bros.

Will Smith as Richard, the father of tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, in Reinaldo Marcus Green’s film. Photo Warner Bros.

It’s very probable that Will Smith achieved his third Oscar nomination for playing Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams. The film follows Richard in his time as an iron coach and manager, mainly of Venus.

(Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 6pm at Ambassador 1)

Who prevents it

Fernando Trueba'S Film, Awarded In San Sebastián.  Photo Festival Of Mar Del Plata

Fernando Trueba’s film, awarded in San Sebastián. Photo Festival of Mar del Plata

Jonás Trueba – son of Fernando – surprised with his new feature film, a documentary drama awarded at the San Sebastian Festival. Attention. It lasts three hours and forty minutes.

(Sunday at 7pm, Auditorium; Monday at 11.15, Cinema 1; also Online)

The power of the dog

Benedict Cumberbatch In The New Realization Of Jane Campion.  Netflix Photo

Benedict Cumberbatch in the new realization of Jane Campion. Netflix photo

New Zealander Jane Campion would be assured of her Oscar nomination for this drama also awarded in Venice, the same as Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst? The plot confronts the character of Cumberbatch with his feelings, when his brother takes his wife and son to live with him.

(Sunday at 3pm, Ambassador 1; Monday at 8.15pm, Cinema 1)

The Lost Daughter

Olivia Colman, Star Of Maggie Gyllenhaal'S Filmmaking Debut.  Netflix Photo

Olivia Colman, star of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s filmmaking debut. Netflix photo

More than promising directorial debut for actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, with this film about mothers and motherhood. With Olivia colman, Dakota Johnson and Peter Sarsgaard. It won the award for best screenplay in Venice.

(Sunday at 5.15pm, Cinema 1)

It was the hand of God

Filippo Scotti, Winner Of The Marcello Mastroianni Award For The Best Young Actor In Venice.  Netflix Photo

Filippo Scotti, winner of the Marcello Mastroianni award for the best young actor in Venice. Netflix photo

Another that passed through Venice (and will be seen on Netflix). Paolo Sorrentino (The great beauty) and his most personal and autobiographical film, the life of a teenager in Naples in the ’80s, idolizing Diego Maradona.

(Monday at 6 pm, Ambassador 1; Sunday 29 at 3 pm, Ambassador 1)


The Film Combines Drama, Horror And Even Science Fiction.  Photo Festival Of Mar Del Plata

The film combines drama, horror and even science fiction. Photo Festival of Mar del Plata

Surprising winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Julia Ducournau’s film is a horror drama. As horrible murders begin to take place, a man appears, claiming to be named after a child who had not been known about for ten years.

(Saturday at 9pm, Ambassador 1; Tuesday 3.30pm, Colón; Sunday 29 at 9pm, Ambassador 1)


Jessica (Tilda Swinton) Is An English Expatriate Who Runs An Orchid Business In Bogotá.  Photo Festival Of Mar Del Plata

Jessica (Tilda Swinton) is an English expatriate who runs an orchid business in Bogotá. Photo Festival of Mar del Plata

What’s new from Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Tilda Swinton is an English expatriate living in Colombia, visiting her sister, who is ill in a hospital with a respiratory condition. Jury Prize in Cannes.

(Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 3 p.m., Ambassador 1)

Drive My Car

Hidetoshi Nishijima And Tôko Miura In A Scene From The Film.  Photo Festival Of Mar Del Plata

Hidetoshi Nishijima and Tôko Miura in a scene from the film. Photo Festival of Mar del Plata

From Ryûsuke Hamaguchi. An actor and theater director enjoys his married life, until one day his wife disappears. Ecumenical Award, Fipresci and for the best screenplay at Cannes.

(Tuesday and Wednesday at 6 p.m., Ambassador 1)

In Front of Your Face

From Hong Sang-Soo, A Regular On Mar Del Plata Screens.  Photo Festival Of Mar Del Plata

From Hong Sang-soo, a regular on Mar del Plata screens. Photo Festival of Mar del Plata

A former actress and a film director meet in a cafe in the new – and more open – film by Korean Hong Sang-soo (The day after, which was also seen in Mar del Plata).

(Tuesday at 6pm, Cinema 1; Saturday at 2.15pm, Cinema 1)

Hit the road

The Film Of The Son Of Jafar Panahi Is In The International Competition.  Photo Festival Of Mar Del Plata

The film of the son of Jafar Panahi is in the International Competition. Photo Festival of Mar del Plata

De Panah Panahi, son of the Iranian director Jafar Panahi, censored in his country, develops his personal concerns and talks about family relationships. He passed through Cannes.

(Friday at 9 pm, Auditorium; Saturday at 11.15, Cinema 1)

From yapa, Parallel mothers

Almodóvar And Penélope Cruz, In The Filming Of &Quot;Parallel Mothers&Quot;, Which Will Be Exhibited At The Closing Ceremony.  Photo Clarín Archive

Almodóvar and Penélope Cruz, in the filming of “Parallel Mothers”, which will be exhibited at the closing ceremony. Photo Clarín Archive

Lo nuevo de Almodóvar, with Penelope Cruz (Volpi Cup for the best actress in Venice), the film focuses on two women who have just given birth, and who had become pregnant unexpectedly.

(Friday at 6 pm Auditorium -Closure-; Sunday at 6 pm and 9 pm, Auditorium)

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