FICVIÑA 25 – 2013

What at one time was one of the most important film festivals of Latin America in the 60’s and 70’s, was cut short due to the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. This second iteration tries hard to go to the level that it once had, and it’s slowly approaching to be one of the most important moments of the year when it comes to the place to see new movies from Latin America, being some sort of pioneer when it comes to the movies that other festivals will choose.

This year with a particular focus on Argentinian and Chilean cinema, I wasn’t able to attend because I really didn’t have enough money to go there and stay the whole season, but I wished for it, and I was still able to see some of the films that they showed. So, as always, a month after the festival is done, I show you this retrospective of what I’ve seen as some sort of announcement: maybe in the future I’ll make it.

So, as always, the films are in order of preference, with a review if available, a translation if needed, the category in which they played and a rating. Enjoy!

1. La noche de enfrente (Night Across the Street) (2012, Raúl Ruiz) (Panorama Nacional) ****1/2
2. Where the Condors Fly (2012, Carlos Klein) (Panorama Nacional) ****1/2
3. Il futuro (The Future) (2013, Alicia Scherson) (Panorama Nacional) ****1/2
4. Viola (2012, Matías Piñeiro) (Cine Novísimo Argentino) ****1/2
5. De jueves a domingo (From Thursday Till Sunday) (2012, Dominga Sotomayor) (Panorama Nacional) ****
6. Soy Mucho Mejor que Vos (I’m So Much Better Than You) (2013, Che Sandoval) (Panorama Nacional) ****
7. El estudiante (The Student) (2011, Santiago Mitre) (Cine Novísimo Argentino) ****
8. La pasión de Michelangelo (The Passion of Michelangelo) (2012, Esteban Larraín) (Competencia Latinoamericana de Largometraje) ****
9. Buscando la esfera del poder (Searching for the Power Sphere) (2013, Tetsuo Lumiere) (Retrospectiva Lationamericana Tetsuo Lumiere) ****
10. El salvavidas (The Lifeguard) (2011, Maite Alberdi) (Panorama Nacional) ****
11. Variaciones espectrales (Spectral Variations) (2013, Carlos Lertora) (Competencia Obras Regionales) ****
12. Isidora (2012, Christian Aylwin, Nicolás Superby) (Panorama Nacional) ****
13. Las Cruces de Quillagua (The Crosses of Quillagua) (2012, Jorge Marzuca) (Panorama Nacional) ****
14. ¿Qué historia es esta y cuál es su final? (What is this story and how does it end?) (2013, José Luis Torres Leiva) (Competencia Obras Regionales) ****
15. Tres instantes, un grito (Three Instants, One Shout) (2013, Cecilia Barriga) (Panorama Nacional) ***1/2
16. Rosita: La favorita del Tercer Reich (Rosita: The favorite of the Third Reich) (2012, Pablo Berthelon) (Panorama Nacional) ***1/2
17. Carne de perro (Dog Meat) (2012, Fernando Guzzoni) (Panorama Nacional) ***1/2
18. Últimos días de la víctima (Last Days of the Victim) (1982, Adolfo Aristarain) (Cine Clásico Argentino) ***
19. Iglú (Igloo) (2013, Diego Ruiz) (Panorama Nacional) ***
20. Sed (Thirst) (2013, Juan Esteban Vega) (Competencia Obras Regionales) ***
21. Locaciones, buscando a Rusty James (Locations: Looking for Rusty James) (2013, Alberto Fuguet) (Panorama Nacional) ***
22. La Casa (The House) (2012, Gustavo Fontán) (Retrospectiva Latinoamericana Autor Gustavo Fontán) **1/2

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