Mar del Plata – What will the next Mar del Plata Film Festival be like? In the closing speech, his drivers Fernando Juan Lima and Pablo Conde They listed a wish list: may it have bigger budget, that the approval of the budget does not arrive on time and for less than required, that the Catalogue and the grid for him public be printed as always, and not digital like this year; that he municipality and other organizations provide concrete support, not just verbal, that more private parties can approach, that the promised tax on platforms is fulfilled (although this may not be to the liking of Netflix, which for this edition contributed three films, including “The Snow Society” with the presence of an almost complete director and cast, a great cocktail party and so on, all at their expense), etc.
It could be added that they pay even the travel expenses to the volunteers and other details typical of any self-respecting festival, and this one prides itself on being Category A. In short, what was possible was done and, as the saying goes, to the In the public’s view, all’s well that ends well: Aki Kaurismaki’s latest comedy, presented at the closing performances by the Finnish ambassador, received the most resounding applause in recent days. It will be released in a few weeks, under the title “Autumn Leaves.”
The big winners this year were “Kinra”, by Marco Panatonic, Peru, a slow 150-minute Cuzco drama (First prize and Feisal Prize), “A ship left me taking me away”, by the Argentine-Korean Cecilia Chang (Special Jury and Audience Prize), the Salta-based “Las almas”, by Laura Basombrío, made in Puna with a team of just four people (Best Direction and 5 parallel awards), the police comedy “LaRoy”, by Shane Atkinson, USA (Best Screenplay), “Inside of Me I’m Singing”, by Leandro Koch and Paloma Schachmann (Best Argentine Film), “Another Sun”, by Rodríguez Teare, Chile (Best Latin American), “El Castillo”, documentary by Martín Benchimol (Directors, Argentores, and Sica awards, which brings together the technicians), “Companion Beings” , by Juan Renau, filmed in a veterinary clinic (Best Short), Rosario’s “The Ant Woman” (Best Actress Eugenia Alonso), the list is long and may seem unfair to those who were left out. For example, “The Businessman,” by Germán Scelso, only received the Special Mention from Chroniclers, and deserved more, like “The Wind That Devastates,” “Alemania,” and so many others. Time will give its verdict.
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