Special Guests

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The Festival is pleased to announce the visit of prominent figures of the cinematographic international industry who come to present their last productions and offer the voices of the experience in our Master Classes season.

 

From France comes the renowned director, actor and film critic Serge Bozon. Writer of the prestigious Trafic magazine and a critic for publications like Cahiers du Cinéma, he worked as a director and as an actor simultaneously. His debut film, L' amitié, was shot in only two weeks with his own savings and represented his first step as filmmaker when he was 25. Mods and La France are just some of the many titles he produced throughout his career. Bozon will be in charge of breaking the ice of this new edition of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival with his new film Madame Hyde.

Another guest is Claude Lelouch, the prolific Parisian director who will be presenting his last film: Chacun sa vie (Everyone's Life). Starting in the industry in the 60’s, he established as one of the most successful independent filmmakers of the European cinema -thanks to his feature film A Man and a Woman not only was he awarded with a Palm d’Or at the Cannes Festival but also two Oscar awards-. With over 50 films in his lifetime, Lelouch managed to become an international referent.

 Catalina Sandino Moreno, granted a Berlin Festival Silver Bear Award and an Oscar Award nomination for Maria Full of Grace (2004) -also known for her role in Custodia (Custody) along with Viola Davis- will be part of the Jury for the International Competition this year.

Sylvie Pialat’s visit to the Festival takes place in a critical instance of her professional life. Producer at Les films du Worso, she worked incessantly in very important films of today's cinematography -Stranger by the Lake, Timbuktu, Jauja or El Tesoro -. Along with French director Maurice Pialat -her husband, who passed away in 2003- she worked in titles such as Police and Under the Sun of Satan. Part of the work they jointly created can be enjoyed in the retrospective the Festival devotes to the deceased French director. One of her last films, The Guardians, by Xavier Beauvois is running in the International Competition in the 32nd Mar del Plata International Film Festival.

And last but not least, one of the most iconic actresses of the history of cinema, Vanessa Redgrave will present her first film as director, Sea Sorrow, a reflection of her political activism and her social sensitivity. Additionally, the Festival will screen the restored version of Blow-Up, -Michelangelo Antonioni's touching film- where she shines in one of her most memorable performances. Multi-award winning Vanessa Redgrave, who not only was granted the Golden Globe and the Emmy, but also was awarded at Cannes Festival and nominated to the Oscar, visits the Festival for an encounter full of talent, sensitivity and the sharp look of a woman who has reinvented herself through the years.

That is how our special guests are yet another example of why the Festival is a must, not only for films lovers, but to anyone who wants to come and get to know the greatest figures of national and international cinematography. 

 

Ezequiel Vega

 

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