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Madrid – Opening with awaited Colombian title “Alias Maria” (pictured), threading the concept of memory – including fest’s own past – throughout its program, the 55th Cartagena International Film Festival, Latin America’s oldest fest, bows today under a new artistic director, Diana Bustamante, one of Colombia’s leading international producers (“The Wind Journeys,” “Crab Trap,” “La Playa D.C.,” “Refugiado” ).
It shows. The 55th Ficci, as it is known in local parlance, picks up, via a section dubbed 5 + 5 Ficci, on signature past Cartagena Fest titles from Latin America, and with a second sidebar, Gabo: The Films of My Life, on movies which impacted Colombia’s Nobel-prize novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a writer who studied cinema, taught cinema at Cuba’s San Antonio de los Baños Film School and whose novels inspired some 20 films. Arguably, his finest film creation, son Rodrigo Garcia, closes Ficci with “Last Days in the Desert.”
“The concept »
- John Hopewell
French director and film critic Bertrand Tavernier, known for a wide range of humanist pics, including “A Sunday in the Country,” “Round Midnight,” and “In the Electric Mist,” will be honored by the Venice Film Festival with its Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement during the event’s upcoming edition.
Tavernier, whom Venice topper Alberto Barbera described as a “central figure in French filmmaking,” will also be the guest director of the Venice Classics section of the fest, which features a selection of rare, forgotten or underestimated films. Tavernier, who started his career as a film critic, will introduce the screenings.
Barbera in his motivation statement underscored that Tavernier’s “memorable writings” about film are “guided by the refined and unconventional perspective of a film-lover who eschews any temptation of dogmatism, demonstrating freedom of spirit, and an uncommon degree of curiosity and open-mindedness.”
Tavernier has had two films in competition at »
- Nick Vivarelli
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