The 36th edition of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival began on Thursday night with the screening of Three adrift of the creative act, the posthumous work of Fernando “Pino” Solanas, which was attended by his children, his wife, the painter Felipe “Yuyo” Noé, his son Gaspar and an emotional Pepe Soriano, who was presented with the Astor Piazzolla Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Yuyo Noé is one of the protagonists of the Solanas documentary, along with Tato Pavlovsky. And son, the filmmaker Gaspar Noé, who lives in France and came to the festival, in addition to accompanying his father, to present his new film, Vortex, which had its world premiere at the last edition of the Cannes Film Festival.
An excited Pepe Soriano was invited to go upstairs to receive the award. Amid applause from the audience, the nonagenarian interpreter reviewed his 74-year career and asked for applause for his wife, present at the Auditorium. Soriano presents at the festival Nightly, Gonzalo Calzada’s film already released commercially.
An excited Pepe Soriano received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening of the 36th edition. Photo Festival of Mar del Plata
The opening ceremony was attended by various officials, such as the Minister of Culture, Tristán Bauer, who affirmed that the cultural industries were “among the hardest hit” by the pandemic, and highlighted that 20,000 million pesos were allocated from Culture to the activity, of which 8,000 million were for the audiovisual sector.
“Now the energy is put into producing and working,” Bauer said, adding that the industry brings both symbolic value and “from an economic point of view.”
Another of those present was the president of the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA), Luis Puenzo. “It is something historical,” said Puenzo, in addition to highlighting that 16 provinces are going to have face-to-face activities at the festival and that, in this way, there is a “cinema associated with the communities.”
The president of the festival, Fernando Juan Lima, and its director, Cecilia Barrionuevo. Photo Festival of Mar del Plata
The head of INCAA highlighted the joint work between the institute, the national and provincial governments and the Municipality of General Pueyrredón so that this new edition of the movie-goer competition could be held, both in person and online.
In the same sense, the municipal mayor, Guillermo Montenegro, spoke after the presentation of the program by the president of the festival, Fernando Juan Lima, and its director, Cecilia Barrionuevo.
What will be seen
In this new mixed edition, Mar del Plata brings films by Paolo Sorrentino, Alex de la Iglesia, Hong Sang-soo, Jane Campion, Celine Sciamma, among others, as well as retrospectives by Clint Eastwood and the Japanese actress Machiko Kyo.
All together. Enrique Avogadro, Luis Puenzo and Tristán Bauer, at the inauguration. Photo Festival of Mar del Plata
Mar del Plata will offer this year a program that can be seen for free, online, through the festival page, in addition to face-to-face performances in the cinemas of Mar del Plata.
The International Competition presents 12 productions, among which stand out Petite mamanby Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a woman on fire it was recently released in our country); Hit the Road, of the Iranian Panah Panahi; Who prevents it, by the Spanish Jonás Trueba, and Malena Solarz’s film Album for youth, the only national in competition for the Astor Piazzolla awards.
With 12 films, the Argentine Competition presents, among others, A school in Cerro Huesoby Betania Cappato, which had its world premiere at the last Berlinale; Red pointby Nicanor Loreti (with Devil it won in Mar del Plata the award for the best Argentine film in 2011); and The moon represents my heart, by the Argentine director of Taiwanese origin Juan Martín Hsu (La Salada).
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