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Mexico, the star of the second edition of PELÍCULA – Latin American Film & Experience in Bucharest
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Mexico, the star of the second edition of PELÍCULA – Latin American Film & Experience in Bucharest

There are 40 days to go before the second edition of PELÍCULA – Latin American Film & Experience festival in Bucharest, due on September 13-17.

The festival is focused on the Latin-American culture, while harmoniously combining the film screenings, dance shows, food, music, photo exhibitions with the stories of those in love with this world full of passion and humanity.

Mexico will have the leading part at the festival this year, providing the audience with a variety of films and performances.

This wonderful festival is first of all a celebration of the Latin-American culture. Mexico means color and joy, while PELÍCULA will highlight it in all its forms, be it gastronomy, music or movies. They point out the cultural uniqueness that makes Mexico one of the ten most visited countries in the world,” said the Mexican ambassador in Bucharest, Arturo Trejo.

In her turn, the festival’s organizer, Ileana Cecanu stated: “Since the very first edition, we felt the embassy’ interest and involvement to the festival, and we are pleased to highlight this country in 2017. Mexico has offered remarkable filmmakers, and we are happy to have one of them here in September. The extraordinary Mexican cuisine will be present all through the festival, and as a surprise for the spectators, we’ll prepare a Mexican Fiesta.”pelicula-1920

The “Maquinaria Panamericana/Panamerican Machinery” film will open the festival. The multi-awarded debut film of Mexican director Joaquin del Paso is focusing on the last day of service of a factory in Mexico City.

The director will be present in Bucharest, with the support of the Mexican Embassy to Romania, and will attend the two special screening of the movie, as well as Q&A sessions with the Romanian audience.

I am extremely delighted to come to Romania, a country that I feel so special from the Romanian films. I hope to absorb this energy that makes your films so strong and intense,” said Joaquin.

At the same time, to celebrate 110 years since the birth of the remarkable Mexican artist Frida Khalo, the festival will host the re-launch of the book “Frida Khalo’s secret life” by F.G. Haghenbeck, followed by the screening of the “Frida, Still Life” movie by Paul Leduc.

The events marking the Mexican culture will continue with the exhibition of the Illustrators Club’s artists, entitled “Fantastic and reality in the Mexican imaginary” inspired by “68 voces. 68 corazones”, a series of animation shorts created by Gabriela Badillo and recounted in Mexican native languages. The animations will be also screened during the event.

The festival also includes a programme of short films signed by young Mexican directors on September 16: El jardin de las delicias (by Alejandro Garcia Caballero), Domingo (by Raul Lopez Echeverria), En la esquina del mundo (by Mariano Rentería Garnica), Luz de dia (by Mauricio Calderón), El problema de las estrellas binarias (by Juan H. Villar).

The screenings will be followed by the most-expected FIESTA MEXICANA.

The selection of the Mexican shorts was signed by Massimiliano Nardulli, Boglarka Nagy adn Dan Becerescu.

The content of the festival’s programme is supported by the embassies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and Uruguay in Bucharest. Artichitana cultural association and Freealize are the organizers. The French Embassy and Institute in Bucharest, Cervantes Institute also supported the festival.

The first passes can be purchased on Eventbook.ro: https://eventbook.ro/film/bilete-pelicula-bucharest-2017-festival-pass.

Details and programme of the festival will be available as of September 1.

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