Three sections with three different perspectives
Galas, Cinema Under the Stars and Midnight Cinema
A selection of full-length films representing different genres and different regions are the center of these three non-competitive sections at FICCI 57. These films will take us back to classic film and then leave us surprised by incendiary and provocative productions under the starry sky and with the streets of Cartagena’s historical center setting the stage. The essence of #FICCItetoca, these sections feature one World premiere, one Latin American premiere and seven Colombian premieres.
Cinema Under the Stars
With Cinema Under the Stars, Cartagena becomes one giant outdoor theatre. Thanks to the sponsorship of RCN Radio Televisión, Bigvideo TV, the governmental administration of Bolívar and its Culture and Tourism Institute (Icultur), the streets and plazas of the city’s historical center paint the stage for films to be shown to all those attending the festival.
This is an opportunity to enjoy the premiere of Beauties by the Night (Bellas de Noche) in Colombia. This Mexican film by María José Cuevas portrays five showgirls from the 70s and 80s that reflect upon their fame 30 years later.
At the Convention Center’s Plaza de Banderas, the following films will be shown. Directed by Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn, The Distinguished Citizen (El Ciudadano Ilustre;Argentina, Spain) will take us on Daniel Montavari’s journey back to his hometown, after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, where it appears he is not very welcome. Jackie (Chile, France, United States, Hong Kong), by Chile’s Pablo Larraín, features Natalie Portman’s performance of the more human side of John F. Kennedy’s wife in the days following his assassination. Silence (United States, Taiwan, Mexico) by the prolific Martin Scorsese, reenacts the persecution of Christians in Japan in the 17th century. This cycle of outdoor movies closes with The Big Day (Jour de Fête) by Jacques Tati, the opening film of the cycle of French classic films that will be featured in Colombia throughout the year. The film goes back through the depths of post-war France with the humor of who, considered by many, is the French mastermind of comedy.
A cycle of French film noir movies will also be featured at this event. This selection of seven films acts as a genealogical review of this genre, features its constructive exchanges with North American cinema and reflects how it transformed and progressed over the span of several decades. This cycle will take place at the Plaza de la Proclamación and begins with The Human Beast (La Bête humaine) by Jean Renoir,and Pépé le Mokoby Julien Duvivier. Both films are from the thirties and gave rise to film noir during a turbulent era in French society. The cycle continues with Diabolique (Les Diaboliques) by Henri-Georges Clouzot and Purple Noon (Plein Soleil)by René Clement, both from the fifties. It ends with the revolutionary vanguard propositions of Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur Pour l’echafaud)by Louis Malle, Breathless (À Bout de Souffle) by Jean-Luc Godard, and the nostalgic style of François Truffaut in Confidentially Yours (Vivement dimanche!).This exciting Special Program is part of the activities of the 2017 France-Colombia Year and has been made possible through the support of the French Embassy and the Institut Français.
The Galas section includes special film screenings, featuring topics that are important for the audience. Completely restored and a half-century after its premier, Memories of Underdevelopment (Memorias del Subdesarrollo, 1968) by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, continues to be worthy of its recognition as one of the masterpieces of Latin American film. The film reveals the self-exile process of a bourgeois individual who does not identify with the rising revolutionary movement in Cuba. Prior to its commercial screening in Colombia, the new version of Beauty and the Beast (United States) can be viewed. Directed by Bill Condon, this is the traditional story of a young woman who breaks the spell of the Beast, making him into a handsome prince. This is a story “as old as the world itself,” which first appeared several centuries ago and which has resurrected as a result of the classic 1991 Disney cartoon. Santa & Andrés, directed by Carlos Lechuga of Cuba, is the story of an ostracized homosexual writer held as prisoner and guarded by a young woman who, knowing nothing other than revolutionary thought, begins to discover the humanity of this man beyond his “deviation.”
Midnight Cinema brings to life the underground faces of desire, the dark world of the unconscious, the hidden, and what is traditionally buried and shamed. This group of films offers more than one voice and shines a light on everything that lives in the dark. This cinema falls under no specific genre and serves as a place to escape from clichés, taboos and preconceptions. Films for the most venturesome.
The Ornithologist (O Ornitologo; Portugal, France, Brazil) by João Pedro Rodrigues, won Best Director at the Locarno Film Festival. Through his protagonist, the director deconstructs a vital part of Portuguese culture paralleling the life of the venerated Saint Anthony through a narrative structure loaded with eroticism and several symbolic meanings. The Night (La Noche, Argentina), the debut feature of Argentine actor Edgardo Castro, takes us through a journey of beings loaded with sensitivity and the deep desire to connect with others. In a sort of turbid, poetic way, the film descends into an underworld of sadness and, more than anything, loneliness. Last is the recent full-length film of Mexican director, Amat Escalante, The Untamed (La Región Salvaje). The perturbing narration of this film features characters that flee from routine and, in the heart of a forest, seek the answers to their need for satisfaction.