Argentina tries to stake its cinema ground
Second annual festival of Argentinean film shows broad panorama
Posted: October 4, 2013
The coming of age story 'The Last Summer of La Boyita' is at CineArgentino on Oct. 6.
Argentina has been making some inroads on the international film scene over the past few years, gaining some recognition at film festivals. While some directors from Mexico like Guillermo del Toro have become household names, Argentina is still waiting for its big break with an worldwide hit.
But that doesn't mean the efforts so far aren't worth checking out, and when that big break does come you can say you have been a fan of Argentinean film for a long time already because you went and checked out CineArgentino, the second festival of Argentinean film in Prague. A week's worth of films are on show at kino Lucerna until Oct. 9.
The festival has two films a day, with most made within the past two years and a few classics mixed in. Topics are varied, ranging from Samurai, a costume drama about a search for a mythical exiled Japanese sword fighter, to Burnt Money, a true crime drama set in the 1960s featuring a gay male couple that robs banks. Films will be shown from DVD and have both English and Czech subtitles.
"Of all the art forms, film, more than any other, helps people of different origins to understand and appreciate each other. This is due to its capacity to tell stories, show places, landscapes and idiosyncrasies in a way that no other art can," Guillermo Federico Kreckler, the chargé d'affaires at the Embassy of Argentina in Prague, said in a statement.
When: Oct. 3-9
Where: kino Lucerna
Tickets: 80 Kč
"In the case of Argentina, this ability is particularly important. It is, after all, a place whose identity has been shaped by the wonderful cultures of the different people who live there. This year the new festival of Argentinean film tries to show the complex and unique nature of the Argentinean personality, a synthesis of the rich and varied origins of the people who inhabitant the country," he added.
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