The 37th edition of the Festival has already crossed the halfway mark, but the activities maintain their intense pace. This Wednesday was the turn for one of the last Conversations with Masters, whose star was the French filmmaker Patricia Mazuy, to whose work an exhaustive retrospective has been dedicated. The meeting was held in the spacious hall of the Club Español and was moderated by Paola Buontempo, a member of the Festival's programming team. During the talk, the director talked about her approach to the cinema: “As I lived in the countryside, I had to travel to the city to go to the cinema, where I liked to see westerns and Soviet films. I was fascinated by finding a new universe.” She also revealed that what she likes most about cinema as a means of artistic expression is its "unreal, larger than life" character. "The movies have allowed me to do things that I would not do in everyday life, but in the cinema, I would."

“I make my films choosing a certain environment, generating a specific and limited territory. I seek to create a particular universe and then throw a disturbing element into it,” Mazuy said. She further added that "you have to think about the world you want to create and take it seriously in order to immerse yourself in it." Right away, she highlighted the role that actors and actresses play in this creative process: "At first I was afraid of working with theater actors, but they are highly trained and are always willing to go deep," she said. She then added two concepts on the subject. On the one hand, that "a non-professional actor runs the risk of ending up weakened when interpreting a character." On the other hand, she likes to “find in an actress the presence of a certain primitive opacity and simplicity”.

Finally, referring to Bowling Saturne, her most recent work, in which she crudely tackles the subject of violence. She maintained that in this film, which she defined as a “wild thriller”, certain elements of “the documentary” are present “in the depths” of some situations. "It's something that we first worked with the writer and then with the actors," she noted before concluding that "Bowling Saturne talks about how complex human beings are and how we are traversed by things that escape us."

In keeping with the celebrations of the centenary of the birth of the experimental filmmaker Jonas Mekas –and as a complement to the screening of a program that includes his films Award Presentation to Andy Warhol, Happy Birthday to John and Notes for Jerome–,a presentation was held of the book Destellos de belleza, edited by Caja Negra, with the participation of Malena Rey (Caja Negra) and Lucas Granero (La vida útil magazine).

To begin, Rey read “El lenguaje y yo”, one of the 98 texts included in the book, in which the Lithuanian filmmaker narrates his first approach to cinema and, above all, to the forms to which he subscribed and that would characterize it, throughout all his work, in addition to his relationship with close artists and friends who supported him. Rey added: “I think of Mekas as an artist of the 20th century – like Agnès Varda and Jean-Luc Godard – who, while filming, was generating a sensitive record of the world. And in these 'flashes' that he talks about in the book there is also that record, in which the concept of anecdote functions as the axis and that, instead of the forms of an autobiography –something that did happen in his diaries–, he puts together a mosaic of stories that are not governed by temporality”.

For his part, Granero pointed out an image that appears in the book: “There is a photo in which Mekas is seen accompanied by some of his contemporary artist friends, taken on the opening night of the Anthology Film Archives, in November. of 1970. For me, it is possibly the most important photograph in the history of cinema, because that night creates what for many filmmakers would be the refuge that they so badly needed, and that continues to exist to this day.”

After reading excerpts from the book by Javiera Pérez Salerno, Lucas Garófalo and Natalia Laube, Rey concluded: “His books and his work are the answer to how to build emotional ties, how to create with others. He asked for many favors and also did many favors. He was a true cultural manager.”


Screenings, Thursday the 10th

The International Competition offers up two new films this Thursday. First, O trio em mi bemol, the new work from the Portuguese filmmaker Rita Azevedo Gomes, based on the play by Éric Rohmer, The Kagelstatt Trio. In it, an ex-couple, older now, meet a year after their separation to have a series of talks about music and love. Second, we present Cambio cambio, the second film from the Argentine director Lautaro García Candela, a curious action film thriller set on the street in the universe of the “arbolitos”, typical characters of the city of Buenos Aires who are dedicated to buying and selling dollars. Tenderness and friendship occupy a central space in the lives of these protagonists.

The Argentine Competition is completed today with the exhibition of its last selected titles. Herbaria, by Leandro Listorti, in which the filmmaker relates the world and procedures of botany to his own work in the search for and preservation of film archives, which has shaped his vision as a filmmaker and his way of making films. And Tinnitus, by the Brazilian Gregorio Graziosi, which tells the story of a swimmer specialized in ornamental jumps whose life falls apart when she is afflicted by the affection of the title. With a meticulous work of sound design, the film becomes a disturbing sensory experience.

Finally, the Altered States Competition will screen four new titles. Afterwater, a triptych that uses three different formats (16mm, video and digital) and three resources cinema –documentary, fiction and experimental cinema–, with water as a unifying element. Directed by Dane Komljen, the film navigates the bond that people establish with her. Along with this, we have the short films Maria Schneider, 1983, by Elisabeth Subrin; The Newest Olds, by Pablo Mazzolo; and Manuale di cinematografía per dilettanti – Vol. 1, by Federico Di Corato, which will all be screened together.

The Auteurs sections brings together the latest works by two filmmakers who are already Festival classics. These are Walk Up, by the South Korean Hong Sang Soo, and SINFON14, by Raúl Perrone. The first is the story of a film director whose life is touched by the ephemeral bonds he establishes with different women, based on talks that take place on different floors of the same building. Hong in his purest form. In the second, the master from Ituzaingó once again puts his usual aesthetic arsenal at the disposal of a period piece about a group of aristocrats who escape from unknown pursuers to an undetermined place. The section's offerings are completed with Tales of the Purple House, by Abbas Fahdel, and the essay documentary Lynch/Oz, by Alexandre O. Philippe. The New Authors section will screen its latest film, I Love My Dad, by James Morosini.

Check out the rest of the screenings in the Program Guide.


Special Activities

At 5:30 pm in the Club Español, the Festival presents its final Conversations with Masters for this edition. Today we meet with the great cinematographer Rui Poças, who has worked with many directors including João Pedro Rodrigues, Miguel Gomes and Lucrecia Martel. In a talk addressed to the entire public, we will try to give an account of a profession that is as important as it is (sometimes) relegated by the public's knowledge. Moderated by Marcelo Alderete.

At 3:00 pm in the Hall Auditorium, the Festival will hold its third offering of Coming soon, a conversation between filmmakers, critics and film programming specialists will recommend the must-see films of the following three days in a panel open to the public. Today’s participants are the critic and programmer Juan Manuel Domínguez, the critic Milagros Porta and filmmaker Melisa Liebenthal. Moderated by Juan Pablo Cinelli.


At 3:30 pm in the Club Español, the Festival presents ¡Filmá el libro! (Film the book!), with the filmmaker Jimena Monteoliva (Crudo Films) and the writer Leo Oyola discuss the process of translating the written story into an audiovisual one, and how to identify cinematic potential in a book. Moderated by Mariano Kairuz (Penguin Random House).

Check out the rest of the activities in the Program Guide.

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