WE REVIEW THE SPECIAL ACTIVITIES OF THE SEVENTH DAY OF THE FESTIVAL
A dozen projects in development were presented to members of the global industry at the En Tránsito / Work in Progress Competition, while in the afternoon there was the Kleber Mendonça Filho Conversation with Masters and screenings of Panash and Ex casados.
En Tránsito / Work in Progress Competition
Sessions were held with the programs that make up the En Tránsito / Work in Progress Competition, which this year includes twelve projects in different embryonic stages, divided into two sessions of six titles each.
Cecilia Barrionuevo , director of the Festival, received and thanked all the participants, and said that the competition was established in 2008 “to support projects in an advanced stage of filming and to help, through the awards, Argentine and Latin American cinema in their diversity."
Next, Lydia Stevens, coordinator of the Festival's Artistic Direction, began the program and presented the projects. The first session consisted of the director Hernán Rosselli for Algo viejo, algo nuevo, algo prestado, the director Meliza Luna Venegas forDesierto verde, the director Renzo Cozza for El hincha, the director Adriana Lestido forErrante, la conquista del hogar, the directorsAlejo Moguillansky and Luciana Acuña forLa Edad Media, and the producerJaisia Figueroa Idrogo for La luz de Masao Nakagawa.
The second session featured the participation of the director Laura Basombrío with Las almas, the producer Ignacio Sarchi withLos Bilbao, the directorManuel Ferrari withLuces y sombras, the directorMaximiliano Schonfeld withLuminum, the directorJessica Sarah Rinland withMonólogo colectivo, and the director Guillermina Pico with Todo nuevo .
The following producers, directors, critics and sales agents from different parts of the world were present at the competition: Locarno Film Festival, Guanajuato IFF, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Filmfest München, FICValdivia, Warsaw International Film Festival, Doclisboa - International Film Festival, Black Canvas Festival, FIDMarseille, Oruro International Film Festival, Cuenca International Film Festival, Berlinale Forum, MUBI, Sofia IFF / Sofia Meetings / Art Fest, Malaga Festival, Hot Docs Film Festival , Filmfest Dresden - International Short Film Festival, LAFITA - Latin American Film Festival Munich, Cinencuentro, Visions du Réel and Venice International Film Festival.
Kleber Mendonça Filho in Conversations with Masters
Yesterday, in the Conversations with Masters series, it was the turn of Kleber Mendonça Filho, director of Bacurau, Aquarius and Neighboring Sounds. “They are films that offer a particular X-ray of Brazil, of its different regions, of its people. They tell stories that no one tells, with a unique commitment and freedom,” commented Cecilia Barrionuevo, artistic director of the Festival and moderator of the talk, when introducing the director.
"When you make films, each one is a portrait of the moment in which it was made," said Mendonça Filho, opening with a review of the link that his works maintain with the social context that began with Neighboring Sounds: "I think I wrote that script with a feeling of stability in Brazil, although a stability full of tension and instability.” Regarding Aquarius, he noted: "We filmed it in 2015, when Brazil started to go off its democratic path." And he added: “I was beginning to see that people yelled at each other, disagreed and said horrible things that were not said before, related to prejudice, racism. A horrendous atmosphere.” And he added that there is an atmosphere of fascism and a total lack of respect for people and differences, for minorities, “and I think we showed some of that feeling in Bacurau. Even having shot the movie before he was elected the current president. But I think we already had the ‘antenna’ capturing some ‘bad energy’. And that explains how angry Bacurau became. I think the three films became interpretations of Brazil, of its social temperature,” he concluded.
The director also spoke about his work with genres. “There is a certain atmosphere in Neighboring Sounds vecinos that many people don't know how to identify and then say that it is genre cinema. A girl has a nightmare and it is definitely like a horror movie. In Aquarius, the main character is in bed and does not remember if he closed the door. There are some men who make life impossible for him, so he gets out of bed and goes to check if he closed it. And so it becomes genre cinema. But I think Bacurau is a more explicit trip to the genre, because the movie happens in the future and everything is a bit absurd," he said.
Among several other issues, the director elaborated on his interest in archival material, his political commitment, the complex present for arts and culture in Brazil, the challenges for Latin American cinema in a market dominated by globalization, cinema as catharsis and his work with such emblematic actors as Sonia Braga and Udo Kier. At the end, he concluded the conversation by anticipating something about his next project: “I am analyzing what makes Brazilians Brazilian. It is something difficult to explain. I think that perhaps the experience of being Argentine, Chilean, Mexican or American is different, because we live in different moments in history. But I am fascinated by what makes us Brazilian. What is a Brazilian? And I think that's probably what my next film is going to be about. "
Screening of Panash in Original Soundtrack (OST) Presents
At the Cinema 1 of the Los Gallegos Cinema, the Festival held the second screening of Panash, byChristoph Behl, which is part of the Original Soundtrack (OST) Presents section. Before a very enthusiastic audience, the director expressed: “We feel that the film is working, but we are very much looking forward to hearing from you. This is also a test for us.”
Set in the world of “cockfights” (freestyle contests) on the fringes of a dystopian Buenos Aires, the film tells the story of Panash, the queen of flow, Ciro, who is respected by everyone in the neighborhood, and the newcomer Isi. After the screening, Behl returned accompanied by the actress who plays Panash, rapper Real Valessa; and, encouraged from the seats by the cast and production team, they spoke with the audience. When asked how the idea of making a trap musical came about, the director replied: “I don't know where the ideas come from, but there are many things in the film that interest me and I like or that are simply part of my life, and at some point those things came together. Here the work of Cyrano de Bergerac came together with the music of some Argentine rap artists that I like a lot, such as the kids from Fuerte Apache, and with archive images of the government period of 2015-2019, which I had very present at that time and that brings a quota of reality to the film.”
Regarding songwriting, Behl noted that he always thought of it as a collective process. “There was a composer, music production and lyrics writing group, but also each artist wrote the lyrics and songs of his character and contributed them to the group. It was a mix between previous writing and the creation of each artist,” he added. Real Valessa agreed with the director, and commented that teamwork was very important to compose the songs for the film. "And it was a very long process, about a year, from the beginning with the layouts and demos to the final product," she added.
With respect to some of the audience's favorite moments, the pure freestyle battles that open the film, the director revealed that they did indeed happen. “Beyond very general indications, there was no script and the battles were fought for real, with a winner and everything. The idea was to create a totally real environment, with a jury and prizes,” he said. "In the battles, reality and fiction are mixed because there is real freestyle," concluded Real Valessa.
World premiere of Ex casados in the Mar del Plata Nights section
Sabrina Farji's latest film, Ex casados, had its world premiere last night at the Cine Teatro Colón in the framework of the Mar del Plata Nights, with the presence of the director and the protagonists Roberto Moldavsky and Jorgelina Aruzzi. "Look at what happened in the world, with the pandemic, that a guy like me ends up starring in a movie," joked the comedian. "It is good that we return to resume the life we had before, return to Mar del Plata to the Festival, return to the cinema, to meet again," he added.
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