Punto de Vista fills Pamplona with free non-fiction cinema
- The 14th edition of the international documentary film festival of Navarra gets under way in its capital, and will go on until 7th of March with a brave and alternative programme
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Punto de Vista (International Documentary Film Festival of Navarra) is, without doubt, one of the most daring, surprising and avant-garde events to be held in Spain. From Monday 2nd March until Saturday 7th (which will close with an extra special session by Isaki Lacuesta), those who go to Pamplona will be able to enjoy a bold programme that opens this year with Zumiriki [+see also:
interview: Oskar Alegría
film profile], the latest work by Óskar Alegría, who was the festival’s director between 2013 and 2016. His film was well received in the latest competitions in Venice, L’Alternativa in Barcelona and the European Film Awards in Seville, where it deservedly won the prize for Best Film in the New Waves Non-Fiction section.
Regarding its official selection, some European titles, among others, will compete in the festival, such as Spanish film He venido a leer la noche, directed by Manuel Fernández-Valdés; Un film dramatique [+see also:
film profile] (France), by Éric Baudelaire; the British produced medium-length film Now, at Last!, by Ben Rivers; and the film Overseas [+see also:
interview: Yoon Sung-A
film profile] (Belgium/France), by Sung-A Yoon. There will also be three world premieres: the first releases of short films Reserve, by Gerard Ortín Castellví from Barcelona; Malembe, by Venezuelan Luis Arnías; and Notas, Encantaciones: Parte I (Equador/United States), by Alexandra Cuesta.
In the competition that started yesterday –led by Garbiñe Ortega, its artistic director, and Teresa Morales de Álava, executive director– their always interesting retrospectives stand out, with a monograph of the disappeared North American independent film-maker Anne Charlotte Robertson; a tribute, one year after her death, to North American pioneer of lesbian film Barbara Hammer; and a series dedicated to the friendship between German film-makers Ute Aurand, Helga Fanderl, Renate Sami and Chillean Jeannette Muñoz.
Other sections to bear in mind over the next few days are DOKBIZIA, which will bring together artists of different disciplines to exchange how they connect to what is real; the Punto de Vista Labs, a space for sharing knowledge and collective creation; artists in focus, monographic sessions in which Punto de Vista focusses on some of the most relevant film-makers on the international scene; Paisaia (where the most recent films of Basque-Navarran documentary production will be screened, proposed as an open exercise of aesthetic and narrative exploration, questioning the concept of memory) and the educational programme, which continues to open up the festival to new audiences.
On these same dates, Proyecto X Films celebrates its tenth year and and the three film-makers invited to compete for its production prize in 2020 are Alberto Gracia (whose latest feature film was Wandering Star [+see also:
interview: Alberto Gracia
film profile]), Maider Fernández Iriarte (who premiered Jordi's letters [+see also:
interview: Maider Fernández Iriarte
film profile] in San Sebastián’s last festival) and US based teacher and film-maker Laida Lertxundi. As regulars to the contest already know, there are two criteria to be eligible for the award: the creative quality of the selected works and the relevant role of Navarra within them.
Maddi Barber was the film-maker selected from three candidates last year to develop her artistic project, Gorria, film which will be premiered at Punto de Vista this week. In addition, as announced in Madrid a few days ago, the Cervantes Institute, through programme X FILMS X, will shortly be showing several titles produced within this initiative in the last decade at its headquarters around the world.
(Translated from Spanish by Laura Villada)
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