Peruvian films at the Cervantes Institute in Bucharest


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Tonight, March 27, from 7:00 p.m., at the headquarters of the Cervantes Institute in Bucharest (38 Regina Elisabeta Boulevard), a new series of films with free access  kicks off. It is about the series of Peruvian films accompanying the exhibition “THE GREAT INCA ROAD. Peru: Integration and Diversity”, hosted in the institute’s exhibition hall until April 17, 2024.

The film series brings together two documentaries and two feature-length fiction films, subtitled in English, which the public can attend for free.

The documentary broadcast tonight is “Hatun Phaqcha: Tierra sana”. Made in 2019, under the signature of director Delia Ackerman, it won the audience award for the best film at the 2021 Lima Film Festival, and a year later it was nominated for the Best Documentary Award at the Film Press Association of Peru Awards The documentary highlights the nutritional potential of Peru’s indigenous foods, the importance of their cultural heritage and the need to ensure their survival.

On Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m., the feature film “Wiñaypacha” (2017, directed by Oscar and Tito Catacora) will be screened, which tells the story of Willka and Phaxsi, an eighty-year-old couple living abandoned in a isolated area of the Peruvian Andes, more than five thousand meters above sea level, they brave the misery and relentless passage of time, praying to their gods that their only son will eventually come to save them.

The third screening in the series, on April 10, starting at 7:00 p.m., is that of the documentary “Yakuqñan. Caminos del Agua“. Made in 2022, directed by Juan Duran Agurto, the documentary explores how women and men from the Peruvian coast, highlands and jungle relate to water and what water means in their lives. At the same time , the film offers moviegoers a wonderful journey through landscapes of spectacular beauty that begins at sea, crosses snow-capped peaks and Amazonian basins, shows us Peruvian men and women fishing, working the land in the high Andes countryside, and navigating rivers in the amazonian jungle.

The last film in the series is “Manco Cápac”, directed by Henry Vallejo, screened on April 17, from 19:00. Made in 2019, the film was nominated in 2020 for the Oscar Awards, the section “Best Foreign Film”.

Feature fiction, “Manco Cápac” is the story of Elisban who arrives in the city of Puno too late to find his friend Hermogenes, with whom he is supposed to work. Homeless and penniless, he ekes out a living with odd jobs small and unstable, in a city that sharpens his loneliness at every turn.The inertia of moving on can lead him to a better destiny.

The exhibition “THE GREAT INCA ROAD. Peru: Integration and Diversity,” which moviegoers can visit during film screenings, brings together 30 high-resolution photos of this important Andean road system.

It is organized in the year in which the tenth anniversary of the inscription of Qhapaq Ñan on the UNESCO World Heritage list is fulfilled, but also in the year in which Romania and the Republic of Peru celebrate 85 years of bilateral diplomatic relations. In addition, the year 2024 also marks the Bicentennial of the battles of Junín and Ayacucho, facts that consolidated the independence of the nations of South America. Exhibition project “THE GREAT INCA ROAD. Peru: integration and diversity” is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture of Peru and aims to promote this representative road complex listed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2014.

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