The best of the International Film Fest

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By Rainer Tuñón C.

An important catalogue of films representing the best in cinema for all tastes will be screened in Panama City during the third version of the International Film Festival (IFF Panama), being held from April 3 – 9. The event boasts the participation of the American actor, Michael Biehn, best known for his role in the James Cameron movie, “Terminator,” the French director, Claire Denis, and the Mexican director, Arturo Ripstein, amongst other celebrities.

Of the movies being shown this year at IFF, The Visitor recommends the following:

“Blue is the warmest color” – A French drama from Abdellatif Kechiche which placed first at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. It is based on the graphic novel, “Blue,” by Julie Maroh, about a young girl, 15 years of age, who unexpectedly falls in love with another girl and comes face-to-face with social stigma.

“The Raid 2” – This film by Gareth Evans is the sequel to the impressive Indonesian action movie that follows the story of Inspector Rama, who infiltrates the upper echelons of the Jakarta criminal underworld to discover even more levels of corruption.

“The Lunchbox” – An Indian comedic drama directed by Ritesh Batra, the film concerns the mistaken delivery of a lunch order which connects a housewife to the film’s protagonist, spinning a fantasy yarn that wins over audiences. The movie received recognition in the last edition of the Toronto Film Festival.

“Ilo Ilo” – A Philippine film by Anthony Chen, is inspired by the childhood of its director.

“The Great Beauty” – From Paolo Sorrentino, the winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, comes a movie about life in the palaces and villas of Rome. Narrated from the point of view of a 65-year-old writer, the film expounds on the lavish and decadent nature of its surroundings. For more information, visit


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