Mar del Plata. Alfajores, fried calamari and porteños piled up on the beach. The classic holiday destination is also host of one of the most important film festivals in Latin America, which will take place from November 18th to November 27th. Since there’s a lot going on and more than 300 movies to go see, here are the main things to look for in this edition.
Movies, Movies And More Movies!
Within the three main competition sections, films from all over the world compete for the Ástor award, named after the tango composer Ástor Piazzolla. This year’s line-up includes Oscar favourite Moonlight, Chilean festival opener Neruda, Argentinian films like La idea de un lago and Piñeiro’s Hermia & Helena, The Age of Shadows from South Korea, Wet Woman in the Wind from Japan, and many more from Austria, France and Canada, among others.
Even though Cannes and Mar del Plata share the same festival rank, we won’t be having George Clooney or pregnant Blake Lively sunbathing on Buenos Aires’ beaches. We will however, get the three-time Oscar winning Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, who is scheduled to attend the Apocalypsis Now screening.
He will be joined by another international guest — French director Olivier Assayas, whose films Irma Vep, Demonlover and Clean will be presented alongside Personal Shopper, a movie starring Kristen Stewart that gathered mixed reviews when exhibited earlier this year.
There will also be work from universally recognized filmmakers, like Werner Herzog’s Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World and Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, starring Adam Driver, the last Star Wars villain, and a documentary about Iggy Pop, titled Gimme Danger. British director Terence Davies will be present thanks to A Quiet Passion while Sergei Loznitsa’s Austerlitz will offer an unique view of the Nazi concentration camp Sachsenhausen, now a massive tourist attraction. Albert Serra’s La Mort de Louis XIV shows the fall and agony of the French king brilliantly played by Jean-Pierre Léaud. The festival program includes works from Alain Guiraudie, Ulrich Seidl, Cristi Puiu and Andrzej Wajda as well.
Maybe one of the most interesting sections of the festival is the one that revisits old classics. The past is brought back thanks to several sections, including one exclusively dedicated to Buster Keaton, the so-called Generación VHS, a film noir line-up and a film selection praises Argentinian classic movie stars, such as Simón Feldman, Olga Zubarry, Rubén Cavallotti and Vlasta Lah, the first Argentinian female director.
App for Android and iOS
The classic timetable brochure has evolved into the digital world with an app, MDPFEST, available for both Android and iOS devices. The app doesn’t just show the entire program, but also lets you make up your own schedule, see the latest news, find the different venues and buy your tickets.
As usually the case regarding this kind of events, tickets are available at an incredible low price. General tickets are available at ARS $30, while retirees and students can get theirs at half the price.
From November 18th. to November 27th.
The festival takes place in several venues in Mar del Plata.
General tickets ARS $30.
Retirees and students pay half (ARS $15).
You can get yours here.