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El Misterio de las Lagunas, Fragmentos Andinos (The Mystery of the Lagoons, Andean Fragments)

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Director: Atahualpa Lichy.
« The Mystery of the Lagoons, Andean Fragments » has as a principal stage the so called « Villages of the South », located in the region of the Venezuelan Andes. These lost villages were isolated among mountains, until a few years ago. Even though the access using four wheel drive vehicles started bringing in the “civilization” the traditions are kept, while in places with an easier access these are disappearing. The stories told with humor by the peasants and artisans will allow us to recreate old times. Trough them, we will have a lesson of life. They will tell and sing their stories for us, often accompanied by the typical Andean violin, with its rustic sound, by the guitar or the cuatro, a kind of small four string guitar which is the traditional Venezuelan instrument. The “taitas”, the Indians’ ancestors, left record of their pass in the Venezuelan Andes and their mark has remained alive in the daily life and in certain practices and believes imbued in a marked syncretism. Even when the general image of the Andean is of a fervently catholic people, we find ourselves before the presence of the “Mohanes” powerful Shamans, who still keep the secret language to dominate the elements of Nature, they are respected and feared at the same time. We will travel backwards in time, following the thread that created the legends, through oral tradition and songs that will reveal a collective conscience and the characteristics of their culture.

Providence Latin American Film Festival Awards 2008:

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 The Don Fernando Birri Award for Best Opera Prima:THE POPE'S TOILET by Cesar Charlone /Enrique Fernandez-----------------------Best Director:Israel Cardenas / Laura Amelia Guzman for COCHOCHI--------------------------Best Script:XXY by Lucia Puenzo------------------------Best Actress:Carla Ribas for her performance inA CASA DE ALICE--------------------------Best Actor:Cesar Troncoso for his performance inTHE POPE'S BATH------------------------Best Photography:Cesar Charlone for his work on TH...

Kerala 2008 awards

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Two Outstanding films from Mexico and Venezuela bagged top honors at 13th International Film Festival of Kerala 2008 awards ceremony.Mexican film “Parque Via” directed by Enrique Rivero was declared best film. His film is a sad tale of loneliness experienced by a caretaker of a large mansion in Mexico City. Enrique Rivero had already won prizes at Locarno and Nantes for this film. Venezuelan filmmaker Mariana Rondon was chosen as best director for her film “Postcards from Leningrad”. Thi...

Mar del Plata kicks off its 21st edition

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MAR DEL PLATA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (March 9-19th)The 21st edition of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival will have as special guest Juliette Binoche and Abel Ferrara. Other important guest that will be present in the festival are Jesús Aranda, Ventura Pons, Patricia Reyes Espíndola, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Michael Winterbottom, Radaman Suleman, Charles McDougall and Paul Morrisey. Some of they will dictate Master Classes that will take place at the Salon Versalles. The fe...

Meet Mar del Plata Festival Director

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In the following interview Miguel Pereira, Director of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, speaks about his ideological position, his views about the past, the image he wants for the festival and the procedures to reach this aim. Fernando Madedo: First of all. Define Film Festival? Miguel Pereira: Today it`s very difficult to know what a Film Festival is, because there are more than seven thousands festivals around the world. I think that the word had included events that aren...

Fernando Birri talks about thenew latino cinema

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We met with fernando Birri who shared his view on latino cinema.Fernando Birri is one of the exponents of the "New Latin American cinema". He was guest of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival. Fernando Birri gives us his thoughts, and he started by saying that that the Festival was "wonderful".Fernando Madedo: could you compare the current cinema with the cinema from the sixties in Latin AmericaFernando Birri: You want a theoretical concept… this should be talked with a deep look. Bu...

Mar del Plata Fest director's innovations

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Getting to know each other betterIt has been two years now, since a new trend was marked to help the Festival find its definite identity. There is no doubt our identity is deeply rooted in Latin America, and as a logical consequence, we also belong to that vast idiomatic and cultural merge called Ibero-America.As countries rehearse all kinds of political and economic alliances to prevent the overwhelming advance of globalisation, Mar del Plata is to become the natural cultural place for all film...

19th Mar del Plata latino line up revealed

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MAR DEL PLATA FEST ANNOUNCES FULL COMPETITION LINE UP JURY ANNOUNCED Mar del Plata President Miguel Pereira has revealed the full list of films set to compete at this year's event (March 11/20), as well as confirming the Jury, and those films screening out of competition.Official Competition (14 titles): Adiós Querida Luna - Argentina/Fernando Spiner Buena Vida Delivery - Argentina/Leonardo Di Césare The Blue Light - Japan/Yukio Ninagawa El Lápiz del Carpintero/The Carpenter's Pencil - Spain/...

Mar del Plata unveils panorama

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Mr. Miguel Pereira, President of Mar del Plata International Film Festival announced that the 19th Edition of the Festival will be held between March 11th and March 20th, 2004.Babenco’s CARANDIRU -powerful drama set in a prison- representing Brazil in the forthcoming Academy Awards, will be opening the Festival at the Opening Gala, and Pupi Avati’s IL CUORE AL TROVE (The heart is everywhere) will be screened for the Closing Gala on the 20th . Both filmmakers will be attending the festival.Es...

Carandiru set to open Mar del Plata

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The MAR DEL PLATA FESTIVAL's 19th. Edition will take place between March 11 to 20.Hector Babenco’s powerful prison drama CARANDIRU, Brazil’s entry for the Academy Awards next year, will open the Festival, with Pupi Avati’s IL CUORE ALTROVO (Heart is Everywhere) set as the Closing Night Gala. Both directors will attend the Festival.Carandiru was unveiled at last Cannes and will screen at Sundance achieving with mar del Plata opening a very respectable festival circuit.First established in 1...
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