july - september 2004 focus on film 12

Bistart selection from Mar Del Plata Film Festival
by Juliana Fortini



Paloma de Papel (Paper Dove)
Fabrizio Aguilar



A Peruvian boy who goes from using his hands to make paper doves to making Molotov bombs targeted at the illuminated path. A boy who suddenly loses his innocence the hard way. Fabrizio Aguilar·s first movie produces emotions, makes your hair stand on end and creates many other feelings of anger that exceed, as the director describes, the violence portrayed in the film, which is much less than that seen in Peru for almost fifteen years. The movie is the story of an eight-year-old boy who was born and lives in the Peruvian Andes and grows up surrounded by the violence of terrorists in the ·80s. The plot shows the suffering of Peruvian country folk who lived in the cross-fire between the rebels and the military during the cruel civil war that left a death toll of around 70,000 between 1980 and 2000.



Los Soñadores (The Dreamers)
Bernardo Bertolucci



This was one of the most anticipated movies at the Mar del Plata Festival and from the beginning of the movie values from the late 19th century Bohemian revolution such as love, freedom and truth are present, and it is evident why there were so many expectations. Although it is set in Paris (city of revolutions), the protest is different and it is that of the unforgettable French May of 1968. Bernardo Bertolucci·s movie reflects the story of these three young students who dream, have fun, struggle and fall in love. It is a story that takes place almost entirely in the house of two brothers who have a strange relationship. The brothers invite a friend to take a vacation from their parents for a month. Between discussions on politics and movies, and with protest music in the background, these three youths pretend to dream and end up dreaming, pretend to love each other and end up doing so, pretend to be free and in the end achieve it.


Best Film
Buena Vida Delivery (Good Life Delivery)
Leonardo Di Césare



This is Argentine director, Leonardo Di Césare·s first movie. It begins as a very funny and relaxing regional comedy and eventually grows black while the audience starts feeling uncomfortable and wanting to find out how this complicated story ends. The film owes almost all its talent to the very credible Ignacio Toselli and a cast that is closely involved. Buena Vida Delivery is set in Argentina April 2002, a few months after the political, economic and social upheaval, when falling in love in those days required a lot more from the main character than just giving up his heart. The movie by this young director was the big winner at the 19th Mar del Plata International Film Festival, receiving awards for best script and best movie. This is the first time that the festival·s top award stays in Argentina.


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