In its second virtual edition, due to the pandemic, the Lima Film Festival will show 63 films and a program that includes dialogues with filmmakers and master classes. The restored version of the film Cholo (1972), from Bernardo Batievsky, will open the 25th edition and will have as a guest its protagonist, the ex-footballer Hugo Sotil. “Everything can change, but the north is still the north: our passion for cinema,” he said. Marco Mühletaler, the general director of the festival.
The pre-sale of tickets coincides with the reopening of theaters nationwide; however, the festival’s programming will not enter the commercial billboard and will only be virtual. “We have to wait because we depend on an entire organization. There is talk of a third wave in September. We have to take things responsibly and more coming from a university. I am confident that in a medium-sized space we will be able to open the rooms ”, Mühletaler answered and announced that The films that are released this year and those of the previous edition could have on the billboard at the cultural center.
After the inauguration, the honored filmmaker will give a master class on August 21. The French Laurent Cantet is the winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes for The Class and the films The Use of Time and Return to Ithaca will be screened at the festival. There are 15 films competing in the fiction section, including three Peruvian films: The best families of Javier Fuentes-Leon, Autoerotica by Andrea Hoyos and LXI (61) by Nino Martínez Sosa. In the documentary competition, 15 feature films and three Peruvian productions: I will wait here until I hear my name from Hector Galvez, Amazon Odyssey of Álvaro and Diego Sarmiento and Only the sea separates us, co-production with Jordan and United States starring the four filmmakers. “It has been a very rich year in the documentary harvest. It is a very interesting and very tough section. Even for Peruvians, but there are only three, and we would have liked to have had more Peruvian documentaries, “he said. Josué Mendez.
On the other hand, the ‘Meetings’ section will have a multiplatform format. There will be 24 dialogues with international filmmakers from August 19 and in the section ‘Rescue Distance’, Claudia Llosa will talk with Samanta Schweblin, “activity in collaboration with Netflix”. Another novelty this year is that they add the Gio award to LGBTIQ + movies. “In tribute to the activist Gio Infante, who died in January 2020”.
At the Zoom conference, the director also thanked the public, the filmmakers and recognized the work of national and international journalism.
In addition, he spoke of the pandemic and the crisis. “We have had to fire so many compatriots, we have seen ourselves more stripped today by the vileness of this virus, which does not die, but it does kill us, of course, with our own fractures as a society. Art and culture will always be an inexhaustible source of questions and also of answers ”.
Women in cinema
From today you can access for free the exhibition ‘Rebeldes y valientes’ (centroculturalpucp.com/galeriaencasa / rebels-and-brave). “It was born from the interest to account for the participation of women in our cinema, but also to understand the gender inequality that exists behind the scenes and make visible the work of more than 400 women who worked in different positions ”, said Gabriela Yepes about the recognition of seven decades.
With a vote of the public. The festival will allow voting after seeing the films in competition. Ticket presale is available at festivaldelima.com/2021/.
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