"With the titles that we announced today, we make it clear what kind of film we're bringing to IFF Panama in April 2013." That summed up the Panama IFF director’s, Pituka Ortega Heilbron, announcement of the Spanish film "Snow White", Chilean film "No" and the Panamanian film "Majesty", which will see its world premiere during the Festival. In addition, the festival will feature the debut of Cuban director Carlos Lechuga's "Molasses".
" No", which has been nominated for an Oscar as best foreign film, is the fourth production by Chilean director Pablo Larrain. Larrain has won awards in both the Cannes and Venice film festivals. In this movie, Larrain tells the story behind the plebiscite by Pinochet in 1988, to extend his term by eight additional years. Gael García Bernal plays a young man who orchestrates the publicity campaign in “No."
The silent film, "Snow White", shot in black and white, recreates the classic tale by the Brothers Grimm in which Maribel Verdú plays a more than convincing role as a stepmother. The film is nominated for 18 Goya Awards, awards ceremony taking place on February 17, 2013 in Madrid.
Panamanian filmmaker, Ana Endara, who, in 2012, presented the documentary "Curundú" under IFF Panama, this year will be debuting the World Premiere of her new film “Majesty". The film is centered on the Panamanian phenomenon in which many girls grow up wanting to be beauty or carnival queens. The film focuses on the difficult process they undergo to conquer their dreams and receive public sympathy. This aspect is shown as an essential part of Panamanian folklore. This film will be presented as one of the Festival's Red Carpet films at the National Theatre and the Panamanian filmmaker will be present for a questions and answers panel at the end of the screenings.
Heilbron said she felt very pleased with the world premiere of "Majesty" during IFF Panama, because "the festival platform is used to highlight Panamanian producers. It is also a fabulous documentary, which will make the Panamanian public feel very proud."
"Molasses", a Cuban-Panamanian co-production, is the fourth title IFF Panama revealed in its latest publication, and a love story told in times of crisis in a sugar village in Cuba. This first feature film by Cuban director Carlos Lechuga is a story told with the bitter sweetness of molasses sugar cane, where surviving without losing faith in love is a difficult task.
Heilbron also informed us of a significant change in venues for the screenings: five projection rooms from Cinepolis Multiplaza will screen most of the 60 titles IFF Panamá brings to the local audience from April 12- 17.
In addition to hosting regular screenings, Cinepolis Multiplaza will hold the panels and talks that are part of the IFF Panama program, intrinsically linked to the IFF Panama Foundation, dedicated to members of the film industry, movie buffs and students and those interested in learning about issues inherent to film production.
The Route of Cinema in el Casco
As part of a concept that involves film with other cultural and recreational activities in the Casco Viejo of Panama, IFF Panama 2013 foresees a circuit of film screenings in three locations in the Old Town, in addition to the outdoor screenings that will be held in Fifth Centennial Park of the Cinta Costera.
With this initiative, IFF Panama hopes that this historic and touristic area will join the cinephile spirit that will take hold of Panama for a week and that establishments such as hotels, restaurants, and bars in the area will benefit from the activity.
In the first edition in 2012, IFF Panama and Copa Airlines gave the audience the power to choose the best film, between the films in the Operas Primas and Ibero American Panorama sections. First time director and Cuban filmmaker Alejandro Burgués was the first to be awarded The Copa Audience Award for his film, “Juan de los Muertos.”
Since then, IFF Panama has maintained the belief of public decision and has added on two more awards from the audience: The Audience Award for Best Documentary, sponsored by K Magazine-La Prensa and the MASTER CARD Audience Award for Best Film of the Stories of Central America section.
Copa Airlines continues to sponsor the 2013 Copa Airlines Audience Award for Best Film.
Eight films from the Operas Primas section will be competing for this award as well as 12 other films from the Ibero American Panorama section.
In the words of IFF Panama’s director, Pituka Ortega Heilbron, “Our festival aims at strengthening the audience’s criteria as an entity that can have an impact on the future of the winning films”.
Accreditations and Volunteers
The Manager of Ticketing and Accreditation IFF Panama, Nayita Adames, stressed the importance for those interested in obtaining accreditation in the categories of Student, Press, Participants or Industry to log onto the website www.iffpanama.org and apply online. All interested parties must submit their applications online before the accreditation-closing period on March 15, 2013.
Additionally, Heilbron insisted on emphasizing the role of volunteers in the Festival’s success and invited them to submit their applications online beginning January 25.
"The volunteers were the soul of the Festival in 2012, we look forward to having them back in 2013."
Sponsors of IFF Panama 2013, most notably the Dirección General de Cine from MICI, among others, make it possible for this event to be held in Panama from April 11 to 17, 2013.