Salón FICCI 58

FICCI 58 Program

Salón FICCI has been, for the past eight years, a place in the festival where, from different perspectives, discussions on the past, the present, and the future of cinema have taken place. Many important figures of the film industry have come together in panels and talks to create knowledge through dialogue, exchange, and the confrontation of ideas regarding cinema.

The festival, through its programming and the related events of Salón FICCI, is a space where current debates affecting society are renewed. Committed to the historic moment Colombia is facing, Salón FICCI encourages debates on the ways violence is represented in Colombia and its relationship with national memory. It also encourages reflection on the peace process from a comparative perspective with other peace processes around the world. Likewise, because of the political fights gender-identity movements have been winning for many years, FICCI sets out to discuss the cinematographic depiction of bodies and subjectivities that have blown up the categories of sex and gender. Among the ideas that we will touch upon in this edition are the challenges of film educational programs, the tradition of alternative forms of production and their relationship with the surrounding politics, the tensions between the centers of legitimacy and the periphery which seeks them, and the aesthetics which bespeak a desire to bring fantasy back to contemporary cinema.

In 2017, during its four days of activities, Salón FICCI brought together almost five thousand people who filled the halls, eager to listen and become part of the debate. This year we expect the enthusiasm to keep growing. We continue making efforts to foster the energy and the knowledge our space creates through Memorias FICCI, a free publication we circulate with Kinetoscopio magazine that gathers the ideas that were discussed and brought into play in Salón FICCI’s last edition.

We are proud to present the program of the 8th edition of Salón FICCI. This year we are fortunate to have the priceless collaboration of the Pontificial Xaverian University, which, consistent with its motto, Sapientia aedificavit sibi domum (wisdom built herself a house), has allowed its outstanding professors to be with us during the debates we are encouraging. Next, you will find the panels, talks, round tables, launches, workshops, and masterclasses that will enliven the discussion on the past, present and future of cinema and society.

THURSDAY, MARCH 1

Opening film: THE SMILING LOMBANA
PRESS CONFERENCE
Salón Rey
10 hs - 11 hs

For the eighth year in a row, the opening film of the International Film Festival of Cartagena –FICCI– is Colombian. In the traditional press release that takes place the morning after the screening, members of the local and international press, along with the Artistic Director of the festival, Diana Bustamante, get together to look into the motives the creators of the film may have had, as well as of its possible readings, in what is Latin America’s oldest film festival.

Film Development Fund and National Council of Arts and Culture in Film
LAUNCH AND DISCUSSION
11 hs - 13 hs
Salón Rey

The Fund for Cinematographic Development –FDC–, under the direction of the National Council of Arts and Culture in Cinema–CNACC–, and the administration of Proimágenes Colombia, is one of the fundamental tools for film production in the country. Every year, the CNAAC presents the FDC’s call for submissions with its different forms of stimuli that cover all the production and distribution stages, without leaving aside training and research in the film industry. As it has become the custom throughout the years, the launch of the call for submissions of 2018 will take place in Salón FICCI. Members of the CNACC, Proimágenes, and the Ministry of Culture will be present to talk with the public about the obtained results.

AVID Technology: Image and Sound
WORKSHOP
Sala Taller
10hs - 13 hs

AVID Technology is one the most important and well-known American companies throughout the world for developing, creating, and distributing effective solutions for image and sound editing. This company is responsible for design and sound production software such as ATMOS and ProTools, as well as the system Media Composer, which revolutionized digital post-production processes in the late 90s. Chris Nelson, an Emmy-winning editor for his work in the series Lost, and Omar Martínez, an expert on the use of specialized software for sound design and engineering, will give a two-module workshop, in which the attendees will learn how to fully take advantage of the possibilities brought by these interfaces, which are now essential tools for editors, producers, and directors.

20 Years of Cinematographic Public Policy in Colombia
PANEL
14 hs – 15 hs
Salón Rey

The nineties were a desolate drought for Colombian cinema; only 22 films where produced, due to the closing of FOCINE in 1993.Amidst this hostile panorama, the Mixed Fund for Cinematographic Promotion“Proimágenes Colombia” was created as a civil non-profit under the Act 397 of 1997 (General Act of Culture). Some years later, with the enactment of Act 814 of 2003, better known as the Cinema Act, the Fund for Cinematographic Development was created, among other things, which provided the greatest economic stimulus that Colombian cinema has ever received in all its history. Proimágenes oversaw the administration of this fund. Today, a little more than twenty years after its founding, it is fair to say that Colombian cinema exists thanks to Proimágenes. In this conversation, Colombian directors and producers coming from different generational backgrounds will speak with the director of Proimágenes Colombia about the successes and the challenges that Colombian cinema has had with the institution that is largely responsible for its vital present and hopeful future.

Participants: Claudia Triana, Director of Proimágenes Colombia; Ciro Guerra, Associate Director of Ciudad Lunar; Felipe Aljure, Director and Producer; Diego Ramírez, Associate Director of 64A Films; Catalina Arroyave,Associate Director of Rara audiovisual collective.

Moderator: Diana Bustamante Escobar, Artistic Director of FICCI.

Initiatives in Bolivar
TALK
Sala Taller
14 hs – 15 hs

In Colombia there are increasingly more alternative exhibition projects that strive to bring cinema to populations without access to commercial systems of distribution. One of them has been the mobile cinemas, projects that have been positioning themselves with an effective strategy to reach the different regions of Colombia. In this sense, Bolívar has been an exemplary department. In this encounter, we will talk about these initiatives that have aimed, from different perspectives, to bring the most recent works of Colombian cinema and some alternative contents closer to new audiences, so as to contribute to the formation of audiences in the country and the democratization of culture.

Participants: FICCI Móvil, FICCI Móvil of the Bolívar government - Institute of Culture and Tourism of Bolivar; Cinemóvil, Cinemóvil of the Cinematheque of the Caribbean.

Film at SENA, the Allies of the Audiovisual Future
TALK
Salón Rey
15 hs – 16 hs

Film at SENA is a strategy created by the National Coordination of the Trainee to gain exposure for the audiovisual contents made in the country’s twelve regional colleges with technical programs in film, television and digital media production. Thanks to this initiative, in 2017, 32 short-films were completed. This talk will make abalance of the different success stories in the last two years, as a fruit of this educational strategy. Screenings of the productions made in that educational context and success stories of the practical connection of trainees to different cinematographic projects will show the accelerated process of an initiative that was launched in Salón FICCI’s past edition.

The Other Cinema of Eduardo Coutinho 2nd Edition and Memorias FICCI 57.
LAUNCH
Sala Taller
15 hs – 16 hs

FICCI 57 made a revealing retrospective of the Brazilian filmmaker Eduardo Coutinho. His work is informed by the idea of documentary as a provisional yet eloquent conversation among filming subjects and filmed subjects. In relation to this retrospective, FICCI, together with the International Documentary Film Festival “Encounter with the Other Cinema” – EDOC – and the University of Magdalena, and with the support of the Brazilian Embassy, launches this year the second edition of The Other Cinema of Eduardo Coutinho, a book containing modern critical reviews that point to novel readings of the Brazilian documentary filmmaker’s oeuvre. Likewise, for the third year in a row, FICCI and Kinetoscopio magazine are launching the publication of Memorias FICCI 57, a compilation of the knowledge that was produced in the seventh edition of Salón FICCI. Critical texts and reviews of the talks that took place in the academic section of the festival will be in this publication, whose goal it is to preserve the memory of Latin America’s oldest film festival.

Participants:Diana Bustamante Escobar, Artistic Director of FICCI.; Andrés Murillo, Director of Kinetoscopio magazine.

The Media and Colombian Cinema: What Role is the Media Playing in the Diffusion of Colombian Cinema?
TALK
Salón Rey
16 hs – 17 hs

It is old news that Colombian cinema has an ambivalent relationship with local theaters. We all know that audiences have responded enthusiastically to comedies and that they have grown increasingly fond of documentaries that dare to be commercially released, whereas much of the cinema that triumphs in festivals and overflows the press fails to succeed in theaters. However, the latter has spaces like festivals and OTT platforms where it finds the niche its artistic programs demand. What role does communication media play in this context? Opening the spectrum to digital media and the vital role of social media in current communication, without setting aside the importance that printed media continues to play in society, this talk will discuss communication media’s hits and misses and coming challenges in the diffusion of Colombian cinema, and the impact it can have over its potential audience.
Participants:Sara Malagón, editor of Arcadia magazine; Jaime E. Manrique, founder and director of Black Velvet Laboratories; Diana Ospina, member of CB Cine – Bogota Circle of Film Commentators.
Moderator: PedroAdrián Zuluaga, film critic and programming director of FICCI.

Colciencias and Proimágenes: the Bridge between Science and Art
LAUNCH
Sala Taller
16 hs – 17 hs

The series of documentaries Colombia Bio is made up of six productions regarding the scientific expeditions lead by Colciencias in various regions of Colombia to rediscover and explore territories which, for the most part, have suffered long decades of armed conflict. Biodiversity becomes an opportunity for some of our country’s new filmmakers to give an account of a group of landscapes unknown to Colombians. Some of the documentaries released in recent years show that this cinematic genre strengthens the bond between art and science by directing the public’s attention to its own country, the advances of national researchers, and national cinema. 6 filmmakers, 6 regions of
Colombia, and a team of more than 500 people will produce an unprecedented documentary series.

FRIDAY, MARCH 2

Tilda Swinton: Producing an Agitated Beauty
TALK
Patio Central AECID
10 hs – 11 hs

Tilda Swinton’s bodyseems at times to levitate and evoke the characters she has played, with a charming particularity, in more than 60 films encompassing almost all genres. Having clearly chosen of her own preference to act in films of great artistic risk, she has been a vital organ in the work of directors such as Derek Jarman, Béla Tarr, Jim Jarmusch, Sally Potter, and Wes Anderson, among others. An ethereal and fluid figure, she can be singularly plural, being herself through others. Each of her characters displays this proteanism. She is an ever new, an ever open matter, a marble instructing its sculptor how to chisel it, while impregnating all of her surroundings. Not in vain has she traversed –subtly but radically– the contemporary cinematic avant-garde. Juan Pablo Félix, director of actors, will talk with Swinton about what acting means for her, her relationship with directors, and the characters she plays.

Participants: Tilda Swinton, actress, producer and director; Juan Pablo Félix, director of actors.

2nd Forum FIACINE of Women Ibero-American Filmmakers: Towards Gender Equality in the Film Industry
PANEL
Salón Rey
10 hs – 11 hs

Achieving gender equality and increasing the presence of women in the industry is one of the current goals of the Ibero-american Federation of Film Academies – FIACINE – made up of the Film Academies of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, Paraguay, Portugal, México, and Venezuela. Today, the amount of men in the audiovisual field is still much greater than that of women, in positions of leadership, creativity and responsibility. FIACINE has as a fundamental goal to abolish this inequality by fomenting actions that allow women to have the same possibilities and tools as men do to develop their profession in the film industry. The first encounter lead by Spain’s Academy of Cinematographic Artsand Sciences took place at the San Sebastian Film Festival, on September 27 and 28 of 2017, with the celebration of the 1st Forum FIACINE of Women Ibero-American Filmmakers. On this occasion, the Colombian Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences and the International Film Festival of Cartagena open their doors to this second forum of women filmmakers, the first to be celebrated in Latin America.

Participants: Azucena Rodriguez, Representative of Spain’s Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences; Verónica Calvo, Representative of Argentina’s Academy of Arts and Sciences; Vanessa Ragone, Argentine producer Mesa de Mujeres, Ventana Sur 2017.

Screenwriting Master Class with Fernando Guzzoni
MASTERCLASS
11 hs – 12 hs
Salón Rey

Fernando Guzzoni is a Chilean director and screenwriter who has ventured into both documentary and fiction, creating a young body of work concerned with reality without falling into complaints with pedagogic urges. His full-length films feature journeys into the inner lives of tormented characters who fight against their past or their environments. They are assembled with a solid dramaturgic armor that shows a great command of the narrative tools of film and the tension they have with reality. Going back and forth between the investigation of real facts and settings and the imagination which can awaken from those searches, his narrations are complex renderings of the nuances of human nature. Fernando Guzzoni will give a masterclass in which he will talk about his screenwriting process and its relationship with the reality surrounding it.

The Wars of Memory: Consensus and Dissent Regarding the Representation of Violence in Colombia
TALK
Salón Rey
12 hs – 13 hs

Memory is a collective construction under constant transformation that struggles to preserve experiences through time either for a nation, an individual, or both. It is shaped by oral lore, texts, objects and images. However, memory does not work without oblivion: to remember something we must forget something else. The elements that construct it are not neutral, neither in its creation nor in its reception. In the historic moment which Colombia is facing –the implementation of a peace process that divided the country–, memory is more than ever a subject of debate. How are the violent past and violent present represented? With what purpose? What is shown and what is hidden in these representations? Various academics and one filmmaker will talk about this topic to question the uses of memory and their consequences.
Participants: Ciro Guerra; associate director Ciudad Lunar; Luciana Cadahia, philosopher and profesor at the Pontificial Xaverian University; Óscar Acevedo Arango, author of The Geographies of Memory.
Moderator: Juana Suárez, director of Masters in Archives and Audiovisual Preservation – MIAP – at NYU, researcher and archivist.

Landscapes in Colombian Cinema
LAUNCH
Salón Rey
14 hs – 15 hs

Landscapes in Colombian Cinema is a book centered on the multiple ways in which Colombian cinema has depicted the landscapes of Colombia; not just the country side and the city, but the landscape of men, as diverse as its approximations. The book makes a visual tour through the country’s diverse regions, followed by critical essays by academics and intellectuals on the way in which cinema has given an account of these spaces. From the Guajira to the Amazons, Landscapes in Colombian Cinema crosses the country surveying the images of different films that have showed Colombia in its mysterious, terrifying, and charming vastness. The book is the result of the work of the production company Burning Blue, with the support of Caracol TV.
Participants: Brigitte Baptiste, biologistand director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute of the Investigation of Biologic Resources; Pedro Adrián Zuluaga, critic and programming director of FICCI; Jorge Forero; associate founder of Burning Blue.

Glauber Rocha and Cinema Novo
PANEL
Salón Rey
15 hs – 16 hs

The “aesthetics of hunger” is the thesis with which Glauber Rocham, in 1965, during the Seminar on Third World Cinema in Genova, first expounded the central idea of Cinema Novo: hunger as the origin of all of Brazil’s miseries and as an aesthetic strategy that would solve the problem. Years later, in 1971, his “aesthetic of dreams” became a defense of irrationality as the only revolutionary exit from the morass of Western rationality. Those two intervals could sum up the work of the great Brazilian filmmaker, who was able to extract from the mythic substrates of the continent, the formal experimentation, the force of popular culture, the cosmic dimension of man, and the revolutionary force that would forever leave a mark on all subsequent Latin American cinema.
Juan Carlos Arias, researcher and professor at the Pontificial XaverianUniversity in Bogotá, expert in Glauber Rocha and Brazilian cinema, will give a talk on the work of the Brazilian filmmaker to whom the festival dedicates an important retrospective.

Archive Films and Film Archives: Restoration, Access, and Re-appropriation
TALK
15 hs – 16 hs
Sala Taller

In the International Film Festival of Cartagena – FICCI – we believe that the relationship with the cinematic tradition and the history of this region should occupy a relevant role in platforms such as ours, especially nowadays, when part of that tradition, to which auteurs like Glauber Rocha belong, is beginning a dialogue with contemporary productions about identity and the emergence of new politics of representation. Likewise, the pertinence of this dialogue is clear in works that make use of these and other archive materials (some of them unknown) to create new meaning through the manipulation, the repetition, or the juxtaposition of images related to the artistic, political and cultural problems of our time. We believe it convenient to discuss and consider the value of the restoration and re-circulation of historical works as well as that of film essays which revisit and consolidate this dialogue between the present and the past.

Participants: Daniela Abad, director of The Smiling Lombana; Felipe Rugeles, director of Double Me; María Cañas, director of the Expo Lio‘92.

Moderator: Juana Suárez, director of the Master in Archives and Audiovisual Preservation – MIAP – at NYU, researcher and archivist.

Milestones and Challenges for Audiovisual Education in Colombia
DEBATE
Salón Rey
16 hs – 17 hs

The Colombian film industry has grown enormously in the last decade, and with it the supply of film programs in the educational sector. Twenty years ago, the only university that offered a professional degree in film and television was the National University of Colombia in its Bogotá campus. Today, we witness an explosion in universities and institutions of professional and technical programs in the different areas of filmmaking: directing, cinematography, screenwriting, production, art direction, sound, and editing. We need an objective balance of results that takes into account the quantity and quality of the projects these institutions annually produce, that we may determine the hits and misses of these curricula and separate the wheat from the chaff.

Participants: Jorge Forero; coordinator of FICCI’s New Creators competition; Laura Morales, director of the film program at the University of Magdalena; Javier Olarte, of the National University of Colombia’s Film Program; National SENA Delegate.

Moderator: Jaime Guerrero, graduate of the Audiovisual and Multimedia Communication program at the University of Antioquia and associate producer of Rara Audiovisual Collective.

Ouali Benmeziane
TALK
Sala Taller
16 hs – 17 hs

Ouali Benmezine, the Spanish creator of Web Congress, a digital marketing, new-tendencies, and web-innovation event that takes place in 11 cities around the world, visits Cartagena to explore the new opportunities brought by a time conditioned by digital media and unstoppable globalization. When many are looking for a local public, Benmeziane champions internationalization as an opportunity for trend setters and producers to better profit from digital platforms. Based on his professional career and strong skills in creating opencalls, designing experiences, and diffusing knowledge to upgrade that symbiosis we acquire by communicating with other people globally, he will be offering the keys to optimize the tools and connections of today, to make the most of new audiovisual projects.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

Lucreci aMartel: The Revealing Artifice of the Real
TALK
10 hs – 11 hs
Salón Rey

Lucrecia Martel is –and we shouldn’t be ashamed of saying it–, the most important director in contemporary Latin American cinema. Her four feature films reflect a singular vision of the world, in which an acute perspective on the horrors hidden by culture and a rigorous formal execution, focused on the expansion of the field of the visible through sound, come together in a work of unusual power. Benjamin’s maxim “every document of culture is at the same time a document of barbarism” can be used to define the horizon within which this director works. As few other directors, Martel accompanies her films with a profound meditation on the material means of her craft and how these must be used to make visible what culture is determined to hide. Zama, her last film, provides both a return to her usual obsessions (e.g. the middle class and its perverse relationship with the popular classes) and an expansion of her ideas and themes (e.g. an exit into the unknown, the other as a threat to and reflection of the self). Lucrecia Martel will talk to Diana Bustamante, Artistic Director of FICCI, about her work and her ideas regarding cinema and the world.

Bogotá, Audiovisual Capital of Latin America
NETWORKING CONFERENCE
10hs - 11hs

Bogotá is on the way to becoming the audiovisual capital of Latin America. Due to the diversity of its locations, both national and international films are being shot there. It is the place in Colombia that concentrates the greatest quantity of professionals, entrepreneurs, services, and infrastructure in the industry. The competitivity of its economy is recognized in the main cities of the region. It has a significant population of talents undergoing professional training. It has national and local incentives for foreign investment. It is strategically located, offering excellent aerial connectivity. There are enough reasons to consider it a creative city and future leader in content production. This space is an opportunity to acknowledge the advantages and opportunities of Bogotá, a city that every year takes new actions to strengthen the country’s audiovisual industries and stimulate the construction of new alliances, businesses, and cultural exchanges.

Two-Way Street: What Does the North Expect from the South and the South from the North?
TALK
11 hs – 12 hs
Salón Rey

The discussion is hoary but has not lost its relevance: what cultural relationship do the former colonies have with their former colonizers? The centers of cinematic legitimacy are in Europe. An important festival in Europe can praise a film from the “periphery” and reveal it to the world. A Latin American film wishes, despite its reluctance to accept it, to be “discovered.” There is a strange smell of colonialism surrounding this discussion. How to know what films and festivals want? What can be named and what is better left unsaid? This discussion, which took a more belligerent tone in the sixties and the seventies as was typical of the time, is not undertaken today with the same vehemence. For this reason, the festival decided to get the programming and artistic directors of the legitimating festivals of the Northern hemisphere to sit down and talk with their Southern counter parts about what, in these politically correct times, seems taboo: What does the North expect of the South and the South of the North?

Participants:Édouard Waintorp, artistic director of the Critics’ Week at Cannes Film Festival; Carlo Chatrian,artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival; Kim Busch, programmer of DOKS Leipzing; Inti Cordera, director of Docs MX.

Moderator: Diana Bustamante Escobar, artistic director of FICCI.

Congo Film School: How to Select the Best Camera for My Film?
WORKSHOP
11 hs – 13 hs
Sala Taller

Congo Film School, one of the most important audiovisual equipment rental services in Latin America, and now also an audiovisual trade school, offers a workshop aimed at the country’s producers who are interested in receiving advice by the company’s experts on a crucial decision, both aesthetic and economic, when confronting a project: how to choose a camera. Congo Film School will give a demostration of the best cameras and optical lenses it has. Alexa, Sony, and Red 8K, are some of the cameras the attendees will be able to see and evaluate, as well as the best optical lenses that Congo offers, thus creating positive synergies between the country’s producers and the rental service/school, in the hopes of advancing the Colombian audiovisual industry.

Teaching Documentary in Colombia
PANEL
12 hs – 13 hs
Salón Rey

In recent years,Colombia has witnessed a growth in postgraduate studies on documentary cinema, also known as “cinema of the real.” This cinema, which seeks a frontal approach to reality, whether to unveil what it hides or to build something new based on it, feels the need to justify itself with labels like “creation documentary” when after all it is cinema. Learning it is a complex process, since documentary creation requires time and distance to be able to penetrate the given themes and subjects. It also beckons us to think about technology and its aesthetic influence. How can documentary creation be aided in the limited time of formal education? What tools are necessary to train the documentary filmmakers of tomorrow? These and other vital questions will be discussed by the directors of various schools of audiovisual creation in Colombia, moderated by the person Marta Andreu, who has established herself as one of the most important documentary educators in Ibero-America.

Participants: Ana López, professor of the Masters in Documentary Film at the Pontifical Bolivarian University; Mauricio Durán, director of the Masters in Audiovisual Creation of the Pontificial Xaverian University; Oscar Campo, professor of the School of Social Communication of el Valle University.

Moderator: Marta Andreu, documentary film producer and academic director of DocMontevideo.

The Representation of the Queer Body
TALK
14 hs – 15 hs
Salón Rey

One of the most important political fights nowadays involves the emergence of gender-identity movements whose adherents claim, against all the Western tradition, that gender is a social construct and not a naturally given. Their political and cultural victories are a proof of their efficacy. Symbolically, the tender embrace by the Anglo-Saxon mainstream of figures such as Kaitlyn Jenner, demonstrate the tide has changed. That said, the debate in Latin America is still at its pivotal point, despite the monumental progress in certain public policies and cultural representations. To get a feel for the ways in which cinema represents the bodies and subjectivities that have blown up the categories of sex and gender, and to track the ethic and aesthetic limits that queer representation postulates, Salón FICCI will host a conversation between an academic expert inqueer theory and the directors of some Latin American films featured in FICCI’s official competitions that deal with these matters.

Participants: Claudia Priscilla, directorof Bixa Travesty; Simon (e) Pateau, director The Whisper Of The Jaguary Felipe Elgueta, director of Snap.

Moderator: Marta Cabrera, Masterin Cultural Studies from the Pontificial Xaverian University.

Digital Filmmaking: Interactive Workshop with Alfonso Parra
WORKSHOP
14 hs – 16 hs
Sala Taller

The Spanish cinematographer Alfonso Parra, teacher at ESCAC in Cataluña and ECAM in Madrid, author of some articles in specialized magazines like Cameraman, Cinevideo 20 and High Definition Magazine, will offer a workshop for professionals and those interested in cinematography, film producers, and directors, to observe the characteristics and advantages offered by a new cinematographic solution by Sony. Sony Venice is the first digital film camera with a complete format sensor, a 6K recording resolution, and the capacity for anamorphic lenses, as well as modular software and hardware. This is an opportunity for industry professionals to get a firsthand experience of this next-generation camera and update their knowledge on the most recent and innovative technological solutions of today.

War and Reconciliation in the Contemporary World
MASTERCLASS
15 hs – 16 hs
Salón Rey

Since last year, FICCI has insisted on the question of peace, in the context of Colombia after the armed conflict. In this edition, for the second year in a row, the festival has put together a special program dedicated to war and peace. This year’s films examine the memory and the present of countries that have suffered wars, dictatorships, armed conflicts and revolutions, such as Syria, Colombia, Guinea-Bissau, Philippines, Romania, Lebanon, and Spain.
In this masterclass, the historian Diana Uribe will talk about these wars or internecine conflicts with a special emphasis on peace, reconciliation, truth, memory and justice processes, taking the experience of these countries as her reference.

Participants: Diana Uribe, historian.

“The Screenplay and the Screenwriter.” Launch of Notebooks of Colombian Cinema No. 28
LAUNCH
15 hs – 16 hs
Salón Rey

What does it mean to be a screenwriter in Colombia? What reality does a screenwriter face? In the new issue of the Notebooks of Colombian Cinema, a publication aimed at professionals and those interested in our country’s audiovisual industry, we will be discussing the definition of the screenplay, as a work and as a text,and the role of the screenwriter in the commercial and independent models of production. Besides acknowledging the relationships that the screenplay has historically maintained with national lore and literature, this space asks us to examine the writing process traditionally cultivated in academies and the current panorama of a trade that, more often than not, has been taken as the Achilles’ heel of an as yet emerging Colombian cinema.

The Intense Magic of Maribel Verdú
TALK
16 hs – 17 hs
Patio Central AECID

Maribel Verdú has built a long and productive career, having acted in more than 70 films. Sensual, submissive, perverse, vulgar; a servant, a noble woman, a commoner; she is a versatile actress that has dared to take on complex roles which have placed her in the pantheon of the best Spanish actors of all time. From her beginnings in The Madrid Scene of the 80s when she starred in the television series Captain Sanchez’s Crime, directed by Vicente Aranda, Verdú has journeyed through cinema on to television, theatre, and web series, forging a screen presence like no other. It was Aranda himself who, in 1991, gave her her first chance to be a protagonist on the big screen, playing Trini, Paco’s girlfriend,in Lovers: a True Story, a classic of Spanish cinema. With directors such as Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón, Francis Ford Coppola, Pablo Berger, and Vicente Aranda, Maribel Verdú has learned how to make each of the films she is part of shine with her own light.
In a talk with Juan Pablo Félix, director of actors, Maribel Verdú will make a sentimental journey through her professional trajectory and will share the secrets of her method (or lack thereof), and her electiveaffinities.

Participants:Maribel Verdú, actress; Juan Pablo Félix, director ofactors.

SUNDAY, MARCH 1

Bruno Dumont: The Dark Heart of Man
MASTERCLASS
10 hs – 12 hs
Salón Rey

In 1997, a new figure burst into the scene of world cinema which, having been nourished on powerful cinematic traditions –Bresson, Passolini, Kiarostami—, seemed to reinvent the language, limited for some, of cinema, to concentrate on the inner man and reveal him in all his beautiful and monstrous complexity. His 10 films, which display a rigorous and novel use of old filmmaking procedures (novelty being born out of the combination of old elements, and there being nothing new under the sun), and which feature an uncompromising vision of mankind, have earned him his own place in the history of great filmmakers. One could divide his work into two periods that differ in form but not in content: the serious and the funny. Since Vie de Jésus (1997) and until Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) Dumont’s films were characterized as a work on the limits of the Lacanian real: sex and violence. But P’tit Quinquin (2014), his eighth feature film, marked a change of direction into a grotesque and frightful exploration of comedy, as he continues to wonder about the darkness and the light that men are made of.
Bruno Dumont will give a masterclass about his working method and the questions raised by his work.

Launch of the Book Cartagena Caribe
LAUNCH
10 hs – 11 hs
Sala Taller

This initiative by FICCI in collaboration with Consuelo Mendoza Editions has the purpose of paying tribute to the city that has been hosting the festival for the past 58 years. This book collects the goals, visions and aspirations of the cultural and economic agents, city planners, and of all who work for progress in The Heroic City. Members of some of the companies based in Cartagena and cultural agents who provided contents for the book will be present at the launch.

I Foro Cine y Escuela FIACINE
PANEL
11 hs – 12 hs
Sala Taller

The Ibero-American Federation of Film Academies, made up of the Film Academies of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Paraguay, Portugal, Mexico, and Venezuela, in its commitment to strengthen Ibero-American cinema and its promotion, has been working since 2017 on setting in motion common actions in the region to implement strategies that favor the growth of the Ibero-American film industry. Gender equality in the sector and the integration of cinema into the schools’curricula are FIACINE’s top priorities, which it is addressing in depth, to achieve a sustainable, egalitarian and democratic development of the film industry in the whole territory. The different institutions that make up FIACINE are developing projects to find mechanisms with which to reduce the gender gap in the film industry on the one hand, and with which to achieve audiovisual literacy in Ibero-American schools, on the other, that students maybe trained with critical thinking and analytical skills to better understand the world we live in.

The Sound and the Fury: Sound Design with Guido Berenblum
MASTERCLASS
12 hs – 13 hs
Salón Rey

They say that cinemais 24 frames per second, moving images, but these clichés ignore a major breakin its history, when The Jazz Singer was released in 1927, and sound appeared for the first time. Sound reveals as much as images, in fact expands them.Watching a film generally means having heard it too. This oft-forgotten elementof filmmaking is a discipline in its own right, with its experts, shooting tradesmen, and editing-room artificers, all of whom work towards expanding the limits of the screen through the design and capturing of sound. Guido Berenblumis one of them. It is impossible to think of the films of Lucrecia Martel without his invaluable contribution. Berenblum, who has worked as a sound designer and as a sound engineer, has worked in many of the most important Latin American films in recent years, employing his method and applying his conception of the trade. This year, the festival has in one of its official competitions two feature films in which he worked as sound designer: Zama by Lucrecia Martel, and Matar a Jesús by Laura Mora.
In this masterclass, which Salón FICCI is able to organize thanks to the collaboration of the Ático center of the Pontifical Xaverian University of Bogotá, Guido Berenblum will let us glance into the working method that has made him one of the best of his trade in the region.

Edition, the Beautiful Concern
TALK
12 hs - 13 hs
Sala Taller

“If the mise-en-sceneis the eye, seeing, the editing is the heart, beating… while the mise-en-scene seeks to anticipate space, editing looks for it in time.” Thanks to the French theory promoted by Germaine Dulac and the generations of young Turks of the Nouvelle Vague, directors gained the status of auteurs. If the camera is a pencil, as Dulac claimed, then the director is an author. However, books are not published without going through an editor, a careful reader that corrects and steers the text into its best possible direction. Similarly, footage needs an editor to correct and steer it, re-write it if necessary, to achieve the best possible result. For this reason, the role of an editor is essential if a film is to be the best film it can be.
In this talk, different editors will discuss their work, their relationship with directors, and their view of editing as the final writing stage of a film.

Past, Present and Future of Political Utopiain Cinema
TALK
14 hs – 15 hs
Salón Rey

Utopia as a spot in the horizon of political movements seems to have little currency in today’s world, or in the cinema that should supposedly reflect it. The Third Cinema of the sixties and seventies tried to be, somehow, another tool in the transformation of society. In Argentina, at the Documentary School of Santa Fé, Fernando Birri was called the father of the New Latin American Cinema. Tire Dié (1960) is considered the best film of that utopian movement which thought the world could be made better and fairer by making visible the miseries and joys of the dispossessed. Glauber Rocha, the sharp end of the spear of Cinema Novo in Brazil, was aiming in the same direction, with films imbibed with the mythic and popular traditions, and reminiscent of Brechtian theater, where all the figures of society make their appearance.

Given the Glauber Rocha retrospective and the Colombian premiere of the documentary Ata tu arado a una estrella by Carmen Guarini, a last and heartfelt homage to Fernando Birri before he died, recovering his dreams and utopias, this talk will try to goover those historical figures of Latin American cinema to put them intoperspective and make a case for the role of utopia in a world driven by despair.
Participants: Carmen Guarini, director, producer and director of the DOCBuenos Aires film festival; Juan Carlos Arias, researcher and professorat the Pontificial Xaverian University of Bogotá.

Yuruparí, Restored: a Reunionwith the Communities
TALK
14 hs – 15 hs
Sala Taller

30 years later, director Gloria Triana comes back to the locations where she shot Yuruparí to bring back this memory to its communities. Every screening has involved the reunion of the filmmaker with the people that gave life to her documentaries and brought to view the cultural richness of Colombia, even before the constitutional reform of 1991. The documentary filmmaker will talk with the directors of Proimágenes Colombia, the Filmic Patrimony Fund, FICCI, and Señal Memoria (Memory Sign), about this exciting and emotional return, the construction and appropriation of collective memory, as well as the importance of preserving that patrimony for future generations.
Participants:Gloria Triana, director of the series Yuruparí; Claudia Triana, director of ProimágenesColombia; Alexandra Falla, director of the Colombian Filmic Patrimony Fund; Lina Rodríguez, General Director of FICCI.

Against Realism: Reclaiming Fantasy and Artifice in Contemporary Films
PANEL
15 hs – 16 hs
Salón Rey

Cinema was born as a window into the world with the films of the Lumiere brothers. Some years later, however, that window also turned towards magic and fantasy with the films of Georges Melies. Construction workers leaving a factory and trips to the moon already exemplified the two currents that were to run throughout the history of cinema. Just like cinema can show what happens in the world, it is also a space for fantasy and imagination to unfold all their power, through the deformation of the referent. Like the different narrative traditions that influence them (e.g. horror stories, science fiction, symbolism) films which embrace their artificiality and exploit the potential of the fake, extend their renovating vision across the world. There is a current of contemporary cinema that has an interesting conversation with this tradition of filmmaking that considers cinema a ground for unraveling what is contrary to reason and the laws of the nature.

Participants: Iónde Sosa, director and producer; Alberto Gracia, director and researcher

Moderator:Jerónimo Atehortúa, director, producer and film critic.

New Aesthetics in the Production of Spanish Cinema
TALK
16 hs - 17 hs
Salón Rey

In the last decade, Spain has fallen into one of the worst economic and social crises of its history. Scarcity, imposed by a production system choked by homogenization and the public policies of austerity, gave rise to films that gathered dissident voices that did not wane with the recession but rather found their space and time. Given the special showcase of Spanish cinema (2007-2017), The Others’Gaze, this talk, moderated by the curator of the showcase Chiara Marañón, sets out to balance the resistance films that eschew identitarian representation and question the notion of constructed and inherited reality, in its temporal, political, and aesthetic dimensions, thus liberating Spanish cinema from its scourge of self-deceit.

Participants: Luis López Carrasco, directorand producer, member of the defunct collective Los Hijos; Ion de Sosa,director and producer; María Cañas, visual artist and director.

Moderator: Chiara Marañón, curator of MUBI and invited curator at FICCI.