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Panama at Cannes 2016. “Hands of Stone” will be Panama’s presentation at the Cannes Film Festival which began on Wednesday 11 and will finish on Sunday, May 22 in France. The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Augusto Arosemena, said that this edition of the festival is going to be very advantageous for the promotion of the Panamanian film industry.
90% of the movie about the life of the legendary boxer, Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Durán, was filmed in Panama with the support of the Cinema General Directorate (DICINE) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MICI). Arosemena said that this movie offers a great opportunity to arouse interest not only in our locations, but also in our national cinematographic talent, and we are preparing ourselves to take advantage of it.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Commerce, Néstor González, said that Panama will be present in Cannes in different activities. “Six Panamanian producers and directors will travel with DICINE to participate in the Marché du Film and its Producers Workshop Program, where they will have meetings and will exchange their experiences with filmmakers from other parts of the world.
He added that DICINE has also arranged private screening of the movies “Salsipuedes”, by Ricardo Aguilar and Manolito Rodríguez and “Hidden”, by Frank Spano for salesmen, distributors and other specialists.
The Cinema General Director, Stephan Proaño, said that representatives of MICI and DICINE will give information about Panama in their stand and at the same time promote the advantages and benefits of making movies in the country. “The constant work is generating income for the local economy, although we have intense competition from neighboring countries,” said Proaño. Three Panamanian short films have been selected to be screened in the Short Corner section of the festival: “Los 4 Reyes” by Reynaldo Quijada; “La Cajita”, by David Iglesias, and “El amateur”, by Juan Rivero.