17th International Film Fest Prague

28/03/2010 at 8:10 pm Leave a comment


Within the films coming out of Latin America, Mexico is undoubtedly leading the pack. The mostly young filmmakers from south of the U.S. border are wonderfully adept at combining entertainment with tremendous artistic ambitions.

Dramatic elements spliced with tragicomedy characterize director Rigoberto Pérezcano’s first work, Northless (trailer), where a young Mexican man longs to immigrate to America. In Daniel and Ana (trailer), another debutant, Michel Franco, tells the dramatic story of a brother and sister who are kidnapped in broad daylight.

Despite having a population of just two million, Uruguay has ushered several remarkable pictures into the world in the recent years. In this year’s Febiofest programme, you’ll find Leo’s Room (trailer) by Enrique Buchichio and the nostalgic tragicomedy Bad Day to Go Fishing (trailer) by Álvaro Brechner, dealing with the bizarre relationship between two losers: a former East German wrestling champion who gets stuck in South America, Jacob van Oppen, and his slick promoter.

Films from Colombia and Venezuela highlight social issues. And also, the filmmakers from Chile are making their voices heard with increasing persistence. This is indeed illustrated by two films of very different genres: the witty and humorous Optical Illusions (trailer) directed by Cristián Jiménez, and Tony Manero (trailer), where Pablo Larraín’s name appears in the credits. The story of a dancer who hopes to parallel John Travolta is by no means fluffy entertainment. Considering the period – Pinochet’s reign of terror over Chile – viewers are more likely to feel some chills.

See complete program: www.febiofest.cz

Entry filed under: ARGENTINIAN CINEMA, BOLIVIAN CINEMA, BRAZILIAN CINEMA, CHILEAN CINEMA, COLOMBIAN CINEMA, DISTRIBUTORS, DOCUMENTALS, FILM FESTIVALS, LATIN AMERICAN FILM, MEXICAN CINEMA, PRAGUE INT FILM FEST, PRODUCTORS, SHORTFILMS, URUGUAYAN CINEMA, VENEZUELA CINEMA. Tags: , , , , .

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