The evolution of Spanish filmmaker Jonás Trueba.
by Marina González
La reconquista (The Reconquest, 2016) participated in the official selection of the 64th San Sebastián Film Festival; now the Spanish movie competes in the 31st edition of the Mar de Plata International Film Festival, as part of the International Competition lineup.
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Don’t you just love it when you don’t have to score a review.
by Benjamín Harguindey
The 31st Mar del Plata International Film Festival is currently on its fifth running day. Lovely as it would be to cover all 36 competing feature-length movies across the three main categories in a 10-day span, we must compromise and as usual default to the International Competition, which after all climaxes in the festival’s top prize – the Golden Astor (in honor of tango composer Astor Piazzolla). So here’re some choice picks from the International Competition.
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In the land of the dark, the silver screen is king.
By Iñaki Oñate
Uruguayan film director (and Sam Raimi prótegé) Federico Álvarez reminds us of the power of cinema with an outstanding horror film that reinvigorates not only the genre but the possibilities of storytelling.
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Women and violence in a fashionable light.
by Lisa Nieri
The Neon Demon (2016) opened in theatres a few months back this year. However late, it’s definitely worth your list of “Movies You Should Have Already Seen”. The film is the very personal point view of Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, one of the main cinematic auteurs who keep giving something to talk about. He’s the kind of director who can make even the most violent scenes look beautiful.
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From the annals of the Bath Film Festival
by Joanna van der Veen
Lady Macbeth (2016) is a strange and captivating film: a hybrid that could be variously categorised as gothic period drama, cold-blooded thriller or noir-tinged romance.
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Festival runs from Friday 18 to Sunday 27.
The 31st Mar del Plata International Film Festival – one of the oldest and most prestigious film festivals in all of the Americas, as well as one of only 13 competitive film festivals recognized by the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films – begins tonight with the premiere of opening film Neruda (2016), by Chilean Pablo Larraín. Larraín won Best Script for his biopic Jackie (2016) earlier this year at the 73d Venice Film Festival but his movie won’t be competing.
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Fantastic Franchises and How to Start Them
by Benjamín Harguindey
It is a credit to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) that it manages to be its own thing despite being ostensibly “from J. K. Rowling’s wizarding world”. Rowling herself writes the script (as well as toting a producer credit) and for what it’s worth it feels less like a fanfic than the “eighth Harry Potter book” did. No, Fantastic Beasts features nary a conciliatory reference to Hogwarts and its headmaster and instead decides to focus on a largely original, entertaining and ultimately pointless story.
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