CINE ES VIDA en Casa: May 22-26, 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020

The IFF Panama Foundation reinvents itself and relies on digital platform technology to carry out its ninth version of the Panama International Film Festival: CINE ES VIDA  en Casa.

On March 11, following the recommendations of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Panama and the World Health Organization, the festival with the greatest boost at the Central American level, suspended its ninth edition in which 76 films would be screened and more of one hundred international guests would participate.

After countless adjustments, decisions and thanks to the alliance of the IFF Panama Foundation with the IDB Lab, the IDB Group's innovation laboratory, IFF Panama returns digitally with a dozen films from its previously curated programming for this year, plus a gem from previous editions.

“From IDB Lab we continue, more than ever, supporting the creative industries to find ways to adapt to this new and changing situation. Technology has become a great ally, but it would not be enough without the enthusiasm, ideas and energy of all the key actors involved. Together, we can overcome this. This virtual edition of the Panama International Film Festival shows that together we can do it, and this will bring opportunities not only for the film industry in Panama but also in other Central American countries, "said Estrella Peinado-Vara, Senior Investment Officer, IDB Lab.

“We have selected a group of films from the programming of our ninth edition that we consider relevant to share during this historical moment of humanity. The titles address characteristics of our species; our clumsiness, our cynicism, our resilience, our pride and treasures as only the cinema can deal with it. These are films that require us to continue fighting, continue existing, and work harder to protect our beautiful Earth, ”said Pituka Ortega Heilbron, director of IFF Panama.

Programming rich in social, political and environmental issues also features the Spanish film Me llamo Gennet, directed by Miguel Ángel Tobías, which will also be available to people with hearing and visual limitations through sign language interpretation and an audio description. respectively. Other films that are part of the virtual programming are Panquiaco, by Panamanian director Ana Elena Tejera, which will open the festival and who will participate in a question and answer session with the public, after the screening. Panquiaco had its world premiere at the Rotterdam festival and is possibly one of the most relevant films in our region at this time. Días de Luz, a film made up of five short films by young directors from Central America, produced by Panamanian Isabella Gálvez, and the participation of Panamanian Enrique Pérez Him as one of the directors of the group of filmmakers leading this work. Tres Veranos by Brazilian Sandra Kogut, the documentary Santuario, by Álvaro Longoria with the participation of Carlos and Javier Bardem, Sorry We Missed You by Ken Loach, La Vida Invisible by Eurídice Gusmão by Brazilian Karim Ainouz, winner of Un Certain Regard in Cannes In 2019, Vocación of Panamanian director Abner Veltier will have its world premiere at this historic festival. Sin Señas Particulares first film by Fernanda Valadez and Astrid Rondero, recognized in the best screenplay category at the Sundance Festival this year.

“It was not easy to decide. This year we have a strong, emotional program with a solid artistic and authorial component. Latin American cinema, as always, reflects our lives in a raw and poetic way at the same time. This year was superlatively special. ” concluded the festival's executive director.

“The titles that were chosen for the ninth edition are the result of a collective and gradual process, where the inquisitive, eclectic and daring looks, the robust interpretations of complex and versatile characters, cinematography that capture an unrepentant appreciation for our culture and the urge to immortalize her. It has been really hard to condense the list, but it will be a privilege to continue promoting the careers of the talented artists who participated in this edition, said Fanny Huc, Programming Manager.

The festival will be enriched by round tables where the topic of the current moment will be discussed and how this health crisis affects us all and how it possibly affects cinema. Giants of Ibero-American cinema such as Yalitza Aparicio, Ricardo Darín, Daniela Vega, Luis Tosar, Nico Celis, Eugenio Caballero, Cristina Gallegos, Jayro Bustamante, Geraldine Chaplin and Elena Manrique have confirmed their participation in support of the country and the Panama International Film Festival , which most have visited during previous editions.

The dialogues will be moderated by Diana Sanchez, Senior Director of Film at TIFF, and IFF Panama Executive Director, Pituka Ortega Heilbron.

“One of the most moving experiences for the festival team has been the response from our friends. We are a small festival but with a heart, vision and vocation for cinema and they appreciate this ”shared Ortega Heilbron.

The festival will take place from May 22 to 26. StartingMay 15, those interested can purchase their tickets by accessing the festival's website www.iffpanama.org The value of the individual ticket is B / 5.00 plus additional charges.