Films galore at the Panama International Film Festival

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visitor19-15_Page_10_Image_0002Movie stars, directors, producers and heavy-weights of the film industry around the world will meet at the second edition of the Panama International Film Festival from Thursday 11 to Wednesday April 17 to celebrate the “seventh art” in all its glory. There will be special appearances by the renowned actress Geraldine Chaplin, daughter of the late Charlie Chaplin; the Spanish star Maribel Verdú, Michael Bay the director of the blockbuster “Transformers” and Panama’s national pride, the singer, songwriter and actor, Ruben Blades.

The IFF will project 69 films and feature more than 50 special guests. The public will enjoy the best of cinema from all over the world: Australia, Israel, France, Taiwan, Germany, Palestine, India and many other countries.

The festival has nine sections that include: Latin America Panorama, Special Presentations, International Showcase and Documentaries. Pituka Ortega Heilbron, director of the IFF, said that the audiences will be more than pleased because “it is the best possible selection of films and documentaries chosen by the artistic director of the festival and the programmer of the Toronto International Film Festival TIFF, Diana Sánchez.

Panamanian director, Ana Endara, will be debuting with her film “Majesty” (Reinas). The film takes a critical yet affectionate look into a national and very traditional phenomenon. “Majesty” leads us into the dramatic, stressful and sometimes bizarre world of beauty pageants.

Screening in the Central American section is the Cuban-French-Panamanian production film entitled “Molasses” (Melaza) written and directed by Carlos Lechuga. This is the Cuban director’s debuting work, which also includes Luis Goti (“Mood Road”) in the film’s cast. The story brilliantly examines to what lengths people are willing to go for money when opportunities have run low.

Regular function screening will take place at Cinepolis Multiplaza and the tickets cost $6. The red carpet presentations will be at the National Theater tickets prices are $20 and $30 and the opening and closing nights will be at the Anita Villalaz Theater and the cost is $30 to $50. No seats will be assigned for any functions. For more information about the festival program and news visit www.iffpanama.org.

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