La imagen recobrada: The Relationship between the Festival and the History of Argentine Cinema

"The Festival seems like an ephemeral event but it’s not like that at all, since it leaves so many things”, stated Fernando Martín Peña, artistic director of the 30º Edition of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival and one of the authors of La imagen recobrada.

Created by journalist Daniela Kozak, the book presents different views on history, experiences and works done on "audiovisual preservation”. In the conference held at Room 1 in Paseo Aldrey, the other two authors of the book were present, Paula Félix-Didier, Director of the Buenos Aires Film Museum, and film critic Roger Koza.

At the beginning, Kozak pointed the Festival as "a space to watch films from other times”. In this regard, she said she was a witness of "the relationship between the Festival and the history of national cinema”, a bond that has enabled a proper place for "the recovery of memory and the construction of a history of Argentine cinema”.  

Throughout the conference, Peña, Félix-Didier and Koza stressed the importance of the work undertaken by Kozak, from the documentary record of the basis of national cinema and of several films that have been screened in our Festival. Also, the book confirms an important precedent "in the relationship between past and present” of cinematography.

Peña also talked about that, and stressed the enormous contributions made by the Film Festival year after year. Among several anecdotes about the origin of La imagen recobrada and Peña’s years of work for the preservation of countless Argentine films, the artistic director explained that the book is part of the "plan for recovery of memory”, started in 2008 with the President of the Festival, José Martínez Suárez.

Despite this, Peña described cinema as "the most unstable art”, since even with the best restoration works, it is impossible to "faithfully recover the previous experience”. This issue was also discussed by Koza, who stressed that, thanks to the preservation efforts, "we not only recover images but we build a different kind of experience. In these experiences, we build an audience”, assured the film critic.  

Lastly, Félix-Didier gave a detailed account of the works and problems connected with "audiovisual preservation”. "Each restoration is a story on its own”, said the Director of the Film Museum regarding film conservation, rescue and restoration. To round it off, Kozak stressed the "important role” of the Festival in rescuing many national films during the past fifteen years. 

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