Bibliographic material is always a good complement to analyze, reflect upon or simply discover more about those films that brought about controversy and that deserve to be remembered; about authors and film critics who analyzed cinema as something more than entertainment, as reflections of different times; about a group of people who, with love and determination, preserve and restore fragments of our culture, of our national heritage.
This year, three books published by the Festival will be presented, books that rescue part of that gigantic audiovisual heritage.
The first one is Sangre Negra, by Edgardo Krebs, about the story of the mythical film directed by Belgian filmmaker Pierre Chenal in Argentina, based on the controversial novel about racism written by Richard Wright, who also starred in the film. The book covers the problematic origin, the shooting and the subsequent attacks from censorship until the film was finally recovered and restored.
The second book, Páginas Críticas, is a compilation of analysis and opinions film critic Alberto Tabbia -1939-1997- produced during his career. Thanks to the selection made by his friend –and partner in Flashback magazine-, writer and director Edgardo Cozarinsky, we will have the chance to know a little bit more about one of the most important cinematographic theorists of our history, a man who founded film clubs and brought the new waves of German cinema to Argentina.
Last but not least, and on a more personal note,La imagen recobrada. La memoria del cine argentino en el Festival de Mar del Plata,editedand compiled byDaniela Kozak, –who wroteLa mirada cinefila. La modernización de la crítica en la revista Tiempo de Cine,publishedat the 28º Festival-, a book that includes texts written byRoger Koza, Paula Félix-Didier, Fernando Martín PeñaandDaniela Kozak,and thatgoes through all the films the Mar del Plata International Film Festival has recovered, from its first edition to the present day.
To complete the publications, informative leaflets on the life and work of directors Ralph Pappier–with documents based on interviews made by José Martínez Suárezto the stage designer and director of El último payador- and Carlos Borcosque will be given out for free.