Today was the presentation of the book Notas para una contrahistoria del cine argentino, by Alberto Tabbia. In Room 6 of Paseo Aldrey, and presented by Edgardo Cozarinsky, Fernando Martín Peña, Luis Ormaechea and José Martínez Suárez, this book published by the Festival compiles several unpublished texts. The pleasant dialogue between the presenters was a great context for a material that will become crucial for analyzing national cinema.
Fernando Martín Peña presented the book "Edgardo had talked to me about for nearly 20 years”. After pointing out that "ever since he is in charge, José has made the Festival publish great material”, the Artistic Director of the 30° edition explained that Notes… "beat expectations”. According to Peña, "the amazing expository lucidity and the constant conceptual depth” are some of Tabbia’s characteristics for everyone to enjoy.
The book "is a compilation of articles and notes on Argentine cinema” which "are new and even revolutionary”. In this regard, Luis Ormaechea stressed that the author "didn’t have a problem to throw a stick in the works whenever he had to”. The Festival’s publishing head expressed that "it’s a text that directly dialogues with films”, something much appreciated in a time when "people write books about books”.
All the participants agreed that, even if they did not entirely agree with his ideas, Tabbia’s argumentative complexity was undeniable, turning the text into a true pleasure. José Martínez Suárez complemented this statement with anecdotes: when, some years ago, "the rumor was that a book by Cozarinsky and Tabbia was to be published”, the cinephile world was desperate to read those "studies so hard to understand”.
Edgardo Cozarinsky received the papers of the writer and film critic after his death in 1997. Being his best friend, the compiler of Notas… defined him as "a very shy person” and "usually blocked when it came to publishing his work”. That is why thanks to Edgardo’s "betrayal” we can have access to this posthumous edition. Cozarinsky stated that he was settling "a debt with someone who taught me so much”.
This book is published so that we get to know "the private things he, with extreme passion, thought and felt”. Another reason to celebrate the energy the Mar del Plata International Film Festival puts in the promotion of cinema and everything around it, which allows us to broaden the horizon of knowledge of the seventh art.
Notas para una contrahistoria del cine argentino can be downloaded for free from our Web Page.