The Entre Ríos International Film Festival (FICER) will have Italy as a country of honor. There will be specific sections of classic and contemporary films of the Mediterranean country, as well as cultural proposals, an outdoor projection and typical gastronomy.
The FICER is organized by the Entre Rican government through the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, and will take place in Paraná between October 15 and 19.
“Being a country of honor of a festival allows us to approach its cinematography, and that has to do with knowing the culture of that country,” said Francisca D’Agostino, executive producer of FICER. “In this case there is a very great peculiarity: Italian cinema has crossed us in many ways, especially the Entre Rican society because of the immigration it has,” he added.
“He is a special guest because it is not about knowing a country from scratch, but rather remembering all that we already have inside. It implies being able to see current things and also an emotional issue, due to the Italian cultural roots in our society, ”D’Agostino completed.
The Focus Section in Italy will be composed of three films of recent years; while Italian Classics will propose the reunion with the cinema that passed generations and that made the whole family thrill. In this last section you can see four feature films, one of them will be Cinema Paradiso, by Giuseppe Tornatore, with an exceptional outdoor function.
“It is a luxury that Italy is the honored country, because who can deny the enormous influence of Italian cinema in the history of cinema?” Commented Celina Murga, artistic director of FICER. “The selection was difficult, there are many great Italian directors and it was great to choose which ones to program. The classics are movies that no doubt anyone who loves movies, film history and the great directors of film history will know how to value: very emblematic films and directors, ”he said in reference to the section he will put on screen some of the celluloid jewels of the twentieth century.
“As for the choice of contemporary Italian cinema, they somehow dialogue with the classics. Others return to a certain tradition of cinema in their country; of neorealism, for example, reversing that current from the eyes of the present. And there will be a movie that really is a novelty, a type of Italian cinema that we are not used to; we liked it very much and that’s why we chose to show it ”, he anticipated the programming work he did with the team made up of the entrerrianos directors Maximiliano Schonfeld and Nicolás Herzog, which will be announced in detail on Wednesday, October 2 in Buenos Aires.
The Italian films will also compete with the rest of the International Cinema section – which will screen seven Latin American, European and Asian works – for the Audience Award and the Ojo Pez statuette for the best international film. The distinction will be delivered at the closing gala on Saturday, October 19.
The Fish Eye is the jackpot defined by the Festival public with their vote after each screening, from a score – from 1 to 10 – that is torn in a ballot that is inserted into an urn. In addition to International Cinema (which includes Focus in Italy), the categories that will have popular awards are: National Cinema, Entrerriano Cinema, Children’s Cinema, Entrerrianos Shorts and Videos of filmmakers from 14 to 17 years old.
Within the Italian Classics section there will be a special screening, which will be outdoors on the esplanade of the La Vieja Usina Cultural and Convention Center. This is Cinema Paradiso, 1988, with script and direction by Giuseppe Tornatore.
The history of Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, in the original) takes place in post-war Sicily where the protagonist, a six-year-old boy named Toto (played by Salvatore Cascio, Marco Lonardi and Jacques Perrin, according to age), passes his time in the cinema of the town and establishes a friendship with the projector Alfredo (Philipe Noiret). The soundtrack is by Ernio Morricone and his son Andrea. The original feature film lasted 155 minutes and was reduced to 123 for its international premiere, although the director’s montage reached 174 minutes. “The peculiarity of this projection is that we can see the original version of the director -of 174 minutes-, which will be presented by Carlos Morelli,” said Francisca D´ Agostino.
Morelli is a film critic, recognized for being a producer and conductor – along with Rómulo Berruti- of “Private Function”, among other television series dedicated to cinema. In addition, he was a juror in international festivals and creator and director of other festivals, such as “Pinamar Screen”.