Choose Your Own Adventure

The amount of films activities and events the Mar del Plata International Film Festival offers is so big you cannot help but giving in to pleasure, dare to discover and launch into the adventure of creating your own path.


Each one of us traces their own path at the Festival, from the curious ones who come for the first time to watch a film to those who are really into it and the film lovers that every year wait for the billboard, pen in hand, to plan and list. For all of them, here is our recommendation of possible paths to get acquainted with this new edition of the Festival, including the most important titles, the most expected ones, those who caught one’s attention and those people will definitely comment on.
Two of the most popular American authors bring their last films: Richard Linklater directs an impressive cast -Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne and Steve Carell- in Last Flag Flying, an adaptation of a novel by Darryl Ponicsan about brotherhood, friendship through the passing of time and the sequels of the war in every veteran. After the acclaimed Carol, Todd Haynes comes back with Wonderstruck, a visual and emotional marvel about the childhood of two boys in two different contexts and times.

Also from the United States comes Lucky, John Carroll Lynch's first film, which also happens to be one of the last films Harry Dean Stanton managed to finish before recently departing, a true opportunity to watch him shine for the last time on the big screen.

If already with In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths Martin McDonagh had become a cinematographic promise, in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri he finishes polishing his style. The film walks the line between drama and black comedy, as if the most acid version of the Coen brothers was directing some kind of Erin Brockovich lacking all sense of idealization.


The oriental delegation puts up a fight as two colossuses, old friends of the Festival, come back with their new films. Takeshi Kitano presents Outrage: Coda, the last part of his Outrage trilogy, where the violence of the action films fuses with his personal style and content. And from South Korea, Hong Sang-soo confirms the theory that big authors always shoot the same film without repeating it. His last films, The Day After and Claire's Camera, delve again into love, broken hearts and the complexity of human relationships to make it clear again how pleasurably it is for this director to capture the character's conversations and gestures.


The film lover's joy is guaranteed with the Festival's screening of Grandeur et decadence d´un petit commerce du cinema, a film made by Jean-Luc Godard almost thirty years ago that could, nonetheless, never been screend in theaters until its rescue. Also from France, another name that is a synonym of cinema: Agnès Varda joins forces with the plastic artist and mural painter JR for her new film Faces Places.

The genius of the fantastic genre, Guillermo del Toro, comes back with The Shape of Water. After the ovation he received at the premiere of his film at the Venice Festival, the adventure story set in the Cold War about a mysterious aquatic being comes to Mar del Plata to dazzle us.        

For the little ones -and not so little- the good news come directly from Pixar, considering that, at the Festival, we will have the opportunity to watch the producing company's new film, Coco, co-directed by two veterans of the animation firm, who have worked in films like Toy Story 3, The Good Dinosaur and Finding Nemo.


Last but definitely not least, three special screenings, the icing of the cake for this year's program, true jewels of this 32nd edition: Thierry Frémaux -the illustrious artistic director of the Cannes Festival- presents Lumière! L'Aventure commence, his first work as a director, where he performs as curator and reflects about the Lumière brothers’ short films and the beginnings of cinema.  

The distinguished actress Vanessa Redgrave also presents her first film as a director. Sea Sorrow is a documentary about immigration and the social issue of those who suffer it seen from the eyes of a woman who also experienced the consequences of a world crisis during her childhood.       

After being granted three Oscar Awards for Manchester by the Sea, here comes another opportunity of getting in contact with Kenneth Lonergan's work, thanks to the screening of Margaret in its never seen before in theaters original version. As in his last film, he was in charge of directing and writing the script, where he analyses the moral conflicts a young woman has to face after witnessing an accident in a brilliant, meticulous study of characters. 

These are only some of the many treasures you can find in this year's program. A true sea of films everyone is invited to dive into to discover astonishing worlds.

 Cristian Ulloa


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