The Festival presented its publications “Una retrospectiva del futuro. Vida y obra de Astor Piazzolla” and “Entre preceptos y derechos. Directoras y guionistas en el cine mudo argentino”
This past Monday, November 22, in the Foyer of the Auditorium the Festival presented two books together: Una retrospectiva del futuro. Vida y obra de Astor Piazzolla (A Retrospective of the Future: The life and work of Astor Piazzolla), by Marcelo Gobello, and Entre preceptos y derechos. Directoras y guionistas en el cine mudo argentino (Between Precepts and Rights: Women directors and screenwriters of Argentine silent film), by Lucio Mafud.
The President of the Festival, Fernando E. Juan Lima and its artistic director Cecilia Barrionuevo shared some words and expressed that joy for these two new books published by the Festival.
Gobello remarked that the book “narrates Piazzola’s life and work in chronological order, but that he tries to review certain issues: for example, today it is impossible to think that Ástor Piazzolla was the 'killer of tango', as was said at the time, but rather, I maintain, he was rather the savior of tango, who took it to another level, renewed it, gave it a new life”. The author also referred to Piazzolla's link with cinema: "Consider that Ástor Piazzolla made forty-two soundtracks for Argentine and European cinema, in which he worked with many different authors", he said.
Daniel Villaflor Piazzolla, vice president of the Fundación Ástor Piazzolla gave more details: “There is a particular characteristic that Ástor had when writing music for films: the directors used to pass him a fragment of the film lasting ten or fifteen seconds that needed music, and he, refusing to compose pieces of these lengths for the scenes, composed perhaps three ten-minute songs for the director to use as he pleased. He did not do this just because he was a creative beast, but because of a very generous attitude on his part, preferring to compose three works where they only needed a few seconds”.
Accompanied by the researchers Laura Fernández Cordero and Cecilia Gil Mariño, Mafud said that she had been working for more than a decade recovering all possible information about fiction cinema between 1914 and 1923, and what most caught her attention was the number of films made by women when compared to later periods. “From there, and taking into account that the vast majority of the films are lost, I had to do archaeological recovery work through indirect sources. What interested me the most was giving visibility to a network of voices that were in danger of being hidden", he said, and mentioned some novelties that emerged during the investigation, such as that the film Blanco y Negro, by Sansisena de Elizalde, was co-directed by Victoria Ocampo, and that the first Argentine film directed by a woman is from 1915 and not from 1917 as was previously thought: Un romance argentino, directed by Angélica García de García Mansilla, wife of the nephew of Lucio V. Mansilla.
The books in their digital versions can be downloaded for free at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival website. Further, the Festival is sharing the presentations of each book on line through our Youtube channel.
Una retrospectiva del futuro. Vida y obra de Astor Piazzolla, de Marcelo Gobello
Entre preceptos y derechos. Directoras y guionistas en el cine mudo argentino, de Lucio Mafud