Francisco Pérez Laguna

A long-time programmer of this Festival, he is also in charge of the Children by the Sea section, and here he shares his tastes and thoughts on being part of a transcendental moment in Argentine cinema. 





A Filmmaking graduate from ENERC, he is currently majoring in Folklore at Universidad de las Artes. According to him, his early days as a film buff go back to the "when I was very little, my parents took me to the Cabildo avenue theaters". He was a regular at cinemas like the Fantasy, the Mignon, the Lido and the General Paz, but also “the Sunday double features at the Misericordia School, now turned into the Belgrano Auditorium”. In his teens, he also started to see Argentine films starring Olmedo and Porcel, those directed by Narciso Ibáñez Menta, and every Aries production. Those were also his years of renting VHS videos to see “Commando, First Blood, Rocky, Conan, Airplane!, Top Secret, The Karate Kid, Back to the Future, and the list goes on”. That gave way to DVDs to enjoy film by Welles, Eastwood, Scorsese, Tarantino, Woody Allen, Kubrick and Ridley Scott. 


He joined the Festival as an assistant programmer in 1996, and is a programmer since 2001. He handles the Children by the Sea section, dedicated to the demanding younger audiences, where his criteria prioritizes films that most likely won't have a local commercial release "whether because of their format or their scarce profitability," he notes. 


For this edition, he specially recommends all the films in the Auteurs section, and the Iranian film Sheeple, directed by Houman Seyyedi, in the New Auteurs section. "And, of course, all the films programmed in Children by the Sea: Tito and the Birds, Pachamama, Cartitas and the animated short films program: To Me You Are Beautiful, Between the Lines, Bita & Cora, Blau, Lost & Found, Red Misterio and Sand Wanderer.


He won't hesitate to place Argentina next to other global hubs for film innovation. "Not that I wish to sound pedantic, but I think it stands out because of its constant creative search, sustained by a local and solid perspective, whatever the genre. From Pino Solanas to Naishtat, the spirit won't yield, and includes Llinás, Rotstein, Diment, Martel, Yenni, Magariños, Frenkel among so many others whom I admire for their efforts and sensibility, whether they are part of the Festival's program or not”, he concludes.





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