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By Craig Weincek
The third International Film Festival of Panama is in full swing and will continue until Wednesday, April 9. There are 70 films showing in various locations including the National Theatre, the Anita Villalaz Theatre, both located in Casco Antiguo, and the majority of flicks at the Cinepolis Multiplaza.
There will also be three free screenings out in the open air at the Quinto Centenario Park. The highly anticipated movie “Paradise” will be shown at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 10; while there will be a double bill on Saturday, April 11 featuring “Habana Station” at 7 p.m. and then “Chronic Love” at 9:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and the family.
Throughout the festival, the audience will have the responsibility of choosing the winners of the various awards. According to a press release this is because the Panamanian audience “is ready for the other side of cinema.” After each screening members will be given a ballot and asked to rate the movie that they’ve just seen by awarding a value from 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest standard. After the cards are handed back, the IFF Panama staff will count the votes and add up the results. After all the films in the competing categories have been shown the awards will be announced during the closing event on April 9.
The major categories are The Copa Airlines People’s Choice Award for the best Ibero-American fiction film; La Prensa’s Revista K Prize for the best documentary; and The Master Card People’s Choice Award for the best Central American and Caribbean film. It is interesting to note that a 10% discount is available when purchasing tickets using a Master Card.
The festival catalogue is also now available at the booths in Multiplaza and Allbrook Mall as well as at the box offices of the various theatres. Please see the ticket availability box for all the locations.
For more information and a complete list of movies, with synopsis and trailers included, go to www.iffpanama.org.
During the Festival : In addition to TicketPlus, online and stalls, tickets will also be available at the box offices of the participating cinemas and theaters.
Where to Buy: TicketPlus online : www.ticketplus.com.pa and TicketPlus Multiplaza (1st floor in front of Armani Exchange) and Albrook Mall (hall Koala).
Metro Pharmacy: Obarrio, Calle 50, El Dorado, Costa del Este, Brisas del Golf, Villa Lucre, Altos de Panama, Paitilla, San Francisco (Calle 74), Transístmica, Tocumen.
Supermarkets Rey: Via España, Chorrera, 8 Mile, Villa Lucre, Versailles, Centenial, Brisas del Golf, October 12, Calle 50.