Seven Films that will screen at the Seventh Edition of IFF Panama

Friday, February 2, 2018

APRIL'S DAUGHTER

Valeria is 17 and pregnant. She lives in Puerto Vallarta with her half-sister Clara. Valeria's mother has been gone for a long time and Valeria doesn't want her to find out about her pregnancy. In the midst of an economic crisis and the overwhelming responsibility of having a baby in the house, Clara decides to call April -Valeria's mother- who shows up willing to help, but we soon understand why Valeria wanted to keep her away.

Michel Franco

Born in Mexico City, Michel Franco started making short films after completing his media studies. His films include Entre Dos (2003), Daniel and Ana (2009), After Lucia (2012), which won the Un Certain Regard award at Cannes, Chronic (2015) Cannes winner of Best Screenplay, and April's Daughter (2017) winner of Un Certain Regard - Special Jury Prize.

DEVIL'S FREEDOM

Mexico, 2016. In some of the world's most dangerous cities life is not worth much. Looking into the eyes of the protagonists of violence, victims as well as executioners, helps to understand how fear has inserted itself in the subconscious of Mexican society. Through a network of stories, we come face to face with the obscure traits of the human psyche, the frail balance between humanity and evil.

Everardo González

Everardo González is recognized as one of the most important voices in Latin American documentary. His films have screened at several international film festivals, including the Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and the Guadalajara International Film Festival FICG. His filmography includes Pulque song (2003), Old Thieves: The Legend of Artegio (2007) and Devil's Freedom (2017).

DICIEMBRES

Ten years after the brief but brutal US military invasion of Panama, three estranged survivors are uncomfortably nudged towards an intimate reconciliation by the person they lost that gruesome night.

Enrique Castro Ríos

Enrique Castro Ríos holds a BA from Brown University and a master's degree in screenwriting from the University of Bergen, Norway. His films include Family (2007) and the short Wata (2010), which explores conflicting inter-familial views on the politically charged expansion of the Panama Canal.

THE FAMILY

Andrés and his son Pedro live in a working class district in Caracas. While Andrés is busy working multiple jobs, Pedro and his friends roam the dangerous streets of the neighborhood. One day Pedro seriously injures another boy in a rough game. Andres finds out and fearing persecution he decides they must flee to hide. Incapable of controlling his son, the tension between them will bring them closer than ever.  

Gustavo Rondón Córdova

Born in Caracas, Venezuela. Gustavo Rondón Córdova holds a Communications degree from the Central University of Venezuela, and a Film degree from FAMU, Czech Republic. His short film Nostalgia (2012), screened at the Berlinale Short Film Official Competition. His feature debut La Familia (2017) premiered at Cannes Semaine de la Critique 2017 in Official Competition. 

THE INSULT

While renovating the facade of a building in Beirut, Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, clash over a silly plumbing issue. A shouting argument ensues and Yasser ends up insulting Toni. Hurt in his dignity, Toni decides to file a complaint. They are rapidly stuck in an infernal spiral. A long and highly publicised trial opens where Palestinians and Lebanese Christians settle their scores.

Ziad Doueiri

Ziad Doueiri was born in Lebanon and studied filmmaking in the United States. His films include West Beirut (1998), Lila Says 2004), The Attack (2012) and The Insult (2017).

THE SQUARE

A prestigious Stockholm museum's chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit.

Ruben Östlund

Ruben Östlund started his career directing ski films, characterizing his taste for long sequence shots. His work is described as an accurate observation of human social behaviour. His last three feature films have premiered in Cannes and his latest film The Square (2017) won the Palme d'Or Prize. He is also a film professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Gothenburg Sweden.

A FANTASTIC WOMAN

Marina, a young waitress who leads an exciting nightlife as a club singer, must confront the hostility and hard reprimands of her boyfriend's family after his sudden death. 

Sebastián Lelio

Sebastián Lelio was born in Mendoza, Argentina. He is a graduate of the Film School of Chile. A director, writer and editor, his films have participated in festivals such as Cannes, Toronto and San Sebastian. His filmography includes The Sacred Family (2005), which screened in over one hundred festivals, Christmas (2009), The Year of the Tiger (2011) and the internationally acclaimed Gloria (2013), which obtained a Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlinale. A Fantastic Woman (2017) won Best Screenplay and the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival.

The IFF Panama Foundation

The International Film Festival of Panama Foundation (IFF Panama Foundation) is a non-profit organization created to support the International Film Festival of Panama while promoting cultural and educational activities as an integral part of the event. The Festival is supported primarily by the Ministerio de Comercio e Industrias (MICI), the Dirección General de Cine (DICINE), the Autoridad de Turismo de Panamá (ATP), the Ministerio de Ambiente de Panamá (MiAmbiente), among other generous sponsors.

The Festival will take place from April 5th to the 11th, 2018.