Three Portuguese films in competition at the Argentine festival Mar del Plata

Movies of Leonor Teles, Rita Azevedo Gomes and João Salaviza with Renée Nader Messora will be in competition at the Mar del Plata Film Festival in Buenos Aires in November, the organization announced.

Nine Portuguese productions and co-productions are part of the program, but only three films have been selected for competitive sections: in the international competition are Rita Azevedo Gomes’s “A Portuguesa” and João Salaviza e Rene’s “Rain is singing in the village of the dead” Nader Messora, and the section “Amended States” includes the documentary ‘Terra Franca’, by Leonor Teles.

In the Latin American competition is ‘Para la guerra’, by Argentina’s Francisco Marise (Argentina / Spain / Portugal / Panama).

In the non-competitive ‘Panorama’ section, three Portuguese co-productions include Valeria Sarmiento’s ‘The Black Notebook’, Albert Serra’s ‘Sol Rei’ and ‘Como Fernando Pessoa saved Portugal’, a short film by Eugène Green.

In retrospective and thematic sections, the festival included Albert Serra’s “The Death of Louis XIV”, about a cycle dedicated to the actor Jean-Pierre Léaud, and Paulo Rocha’s “The Island of Loves”, 1982 and recently restored.

The 33rd Mar del Plata Film Festival will run from November 10 to 17, with France as a guest country, and for the first time, the artistic direction is assumed by a woman, the Argentine programmer Cecilia Barrionuevo.

The festival will open with ‘Sueño Florianópolis’, by Ana Katz, and will close with ‘Roma’, by Mexican Alfonso Cuarón.

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