This week: The 26th annual Mar del Plata Film Festival

by Amy Ramirez, contributing blogger

Willem Dafoe, 600 events, 230 movies, oh my! The Mar del Plata International Film Festival began its 26th edition on the 5th of this month and will continue until the 13th.

Subsidized by INCAA (National Institute of Film and Audiovisual Arts), this year’s festival will feature a number of special guests such as Willem Dafoe (Antichrist, Off Limits, The Last Temptation of Christ), Joe Dante (creator of the Gremlins), and the British director, Alex Cox (Repo Man). They will all be participating in the film’s scheduled lectures. Mar de Plata is the only A-list film

Mar del Plata--yes, those tiny dots are people, and yes, it gets crowded in January!

festival (Cannes, Berlin) in South America, meaning that all showings have to be world premieres.

The line-up of movies competing for the international contest might be worth checking out. Included in these are: native Milagros Mumenthaler’s “Abrir Puertas y Ventanas” about the bereavement which circles around the relationship between 3 women, Alexander Sokurov’s rendition of the German expressionism classic “Faust,” and the documentary “Vivan las antípodas!” by Víctor Kossakovsky that contrasts the antipodes of Entre Rios in Argentina with Shanghai.

Mar del Plata, the most popular resort town for Argentines will provide an interesting week and it’s best to go now in November before the summer crowd sets it. It is about four hours by car or bus south of Buenos Aires.

For more information you can visit their website at http://www.mardelplatafilmfest.com/26/en/

Or follow it on twitter! https://twitter.com/#!/26MDQFEST

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