Celebrate the light of memory
Tributes to Argentine Cinema Personalities is the perfect opportunity to review - or discover- a history full of originality and talent.
Ernesto Sábato once wrote that living is building future memories. As cultural subjects, we face up the test of time by turning the world around us into records of our memory. Thus, the present is, first of all, a reinterpretation of the past that constitutes us as who we are. There’s no present nor future if there’s no evocation of the past, if there’s no history.
The recovery of memory through the great national works has been one of the oldest concerns of the Festival. Every year, the great feast of Argentine cinema celebrates our vast film tradition, and gives a central place in its program to homages to men and women that enhanced our industry. The films that consecrated prestigious directors, distinguished scriptwriters and unforgettable stars take place in Mar del Plata and light the spectators faces up with their magic again, celebrating their 40, 50 or 60 years from their commercial releases.
In this edition we will remember the great Alfredo Alcón, one of the most versatile and admired actors of our cinema, screening Con gusto a rabia. Made in 1965 under the direction of Fernando Ayala, the film showed one of the best performances in the actor’s career; he plays a political activist who has a affair with an older woman.
La parda Flora (1952) and Romance de tres noches (1950) are two excellent opportunities to evoke the memory of Amelia Bence. In the first one, she plays a brothel keeper, directed by León Kilmovsky. The second one is an adaptation of the play by the playwright Alejandro Casona, and in its premiere it was very criticized by the church for its passionate scenes. Its director, Ernesto Arancibia will also be celebrated with Mirad los lirios del campo.
Arancibia was a director very concerned about the esthetics, who attempted to express his poetic sensitivity in his work. This work of 1947 tells the story of a man corrupted by his material ambitions.
The recovery of memory through the great national works has been one of the oldest concerns of the Festival.
The comedy Cinco gallinas y el cielo, released in 1957, is the feature debut of filmmaker Rubén Cavallotti, who by that time had been working years in the industry and had been Arancibia and other well known directors' assistant. The comedy counts on the performance of a non terrifying Narciso Ibáñez Menta and has a script by the talented playwright Agustín Cuzzani, who will also be celebrated with the screening of El centroforward murió al amanecer, by René Mugica, one of the most significant films of the Generation of '60.
El bruto (1962) joins a great cast together outstanding Leonardo Favio, Selva Alemán and the very beautiful Susana Campos. The film is Cavallotti's most bold move, because he abandons the comedy tone inspired in the homonymous novel by journalist Arturo Cerretani.
El negoción, by great master Simón Feldman is one of the most famous work by this director who has marked Argentine cinema, both for his work and for his vocation for teaching. The film is a political satire about Peronism, and it was originally filmed in 16mm, but in 1970, eleven years after, its success encouraged Feldman to film it again in 35mm. During this edition, the festival offers the opportunity to see it in both versions.
With Las Furias (1960), Vlasta Lah became the first woman directing a sound film in our country. Her debut feature had the music of Astor Piazzolla and a mainly female cast: Aída Luz, Olga Zubarry, Mecha Ortiz, Alba Mujica and Elsa Daniel play five women who live together in an atmosphere of pure tension as they attempt to direct a man's life.
With Doce mujeres and Edición extra we celebrate the work of Luis Moglia Barth, director of the first Argentine sound feature and founder of Argentina Sono Film. Doce mujeres (1939) describes, in comedy tone and with John Alton's photography, different situations in the life of a group of pupils in a boarding school for ladies run by Olinda Bozan.
Edición extra was filmed in 1949, but its scripts stands out for the relevance of its proposal. The plot is inspired by Vicente Lopez councilor's assassination in 1926, and reveals the way the press and other lobby groups hide the political crime.
Olga Zubarry and Angel Magaña's performances serve as the perfect excuses to remember the work of director and scriptwriter Julio Porter, with a long career in cinema and theater. In Concierto para una lágrima (1955), Zubarry excellently embodies an ambitious and self-demanding concert pianist of humble origin, ready to anything in order to succeed in her career. In Historia de una carta, a suicide victim, regretting his decision, will try to recover the goodbye letter before it reaches its destination.
The last homage is for the figure of Carlos Schliepper, director popularly known for his comedies, but he also created extraordinary melodramas. In this occasion, you will be able to enjoy these two facets of the filmmaker. Arroz con leche (1950) is a funny comedy written by its director along with the above mentioned Julio Porter, and tells about the adventures of a young woman who pretends to be married and with children, believing that this way she will awaken desire in men. In the film, as well as in all his work, Schlieper provides female characters with great power and centrality uncommon at the time.
El deseo, in 1944, may be Schlieper's best film. The capacity of creating environments of deep sorrow and the evident artistic quality of this work show the talent and mastery of the author when dabbling into the drama genre.
Arroz con leche
Fri. 18 Nov - 5 pm - MAR
Concierto para una lágrima
Sat. 19 Nov - 2.30 pm - MAR
Historia de una carta
Sun. 20 Nov - 2.30 pm - MAR
Mon. 21 Nov - 5.10 pm - PAS 2
Cinco gallinas y el cielo
Tue. 22 Nov - 5 pm - MAR
Tue. 22 Nov - 7.30 pm - MAR
Romance de tres noches
Wed. 23 Nov - 5 pm - MAR
Wed. 23 Nov - 7.30 pm - MAR
Thu. 24 Nov. - 2.30 pm - MAR
Thu. 24 Nov - 5 pm - MAR
La parda flora
Fri. 25 Nov - 5 pm - MAR
Fri. 25 Nov - 7.10 pm - ALD 4
Sat. 26 Nov - 5 pm - MAR
Mirad los lirios del Campo
Sun. 27 Nov - 2.30 pm- MAR
Con gusto a rabia
Sun. 27 Nov - 5 pm - MAR
El centrofoward murió al amanecer
Sun. 27 Nov - 7.30 pm - MAR