One of the things that I like to do most when I travel is to go to movie theaters. Why? Because unfortunately for many years the commercial cinema of Panama is a desert for those who love good cinema. If you have visited us, you probably have noticed that there are only two films on the billboard and always super blockbusters.
But for 7 years in April things have changed. We can no longer say that April is the cruelest month … unless you mean that time is not enough to see so many wonderful movies.
The IFF of Panama started with the IFF of Toronto, and the quality of its offer is really fantastic. This year the dates are from April 5 to 11, 2018.
For those of you who are in Panama, we advance something of what you can see.
What Are We Marking Now In Our Calendar For The IFF Panama
Let’s start with a luxury film: Square, a Swedish film directed by Ruben Östlund, winning film of the most recent Golden Palm of Cannes, recently nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category. Another title of the highest level is the Chilean film Una Mujer Fantástica by Sebastián Lelio. Released at the most recent Berlin International Film Festival, it won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay, and is also nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
As we learn more films, we´ll pass the recommendation of Las Clementinas.
Panamanian cinema at the IFF
Panamanian Enrique Castro is known for many years. His scripts are wonderful. Maybe for that reason it takes so long to take them to the screen. That is why we are very excited about the world premiere of his film “Diciembres” (“Decembers”). Enrique is a creator with a very particular voice and for whom the Panamanian city keeps unusual, poetic and very moving stories.
Dciembres was a finalist for Primera Mirada in 2016, the program for Central American and Caribbean films in post production that IFF Panama has been doing for four years. The winning films receive funds for their culmination and worldwide exposure to various distributors and sales agents at the Marché du Film in Cannes.
Another activity of the festival that supports young filmmakers is the Latino Campus, an initiative in partnership with Documentary Campus and the Goethe Institute of Mexico.
Are You Coming To Panama In April?
The Festival page has good travel packages that include other visits to Panama. Of course you HAVE to stay with us at Las Clementinas!
And if you did not arrive on time, now millions of travelers a year will be able to enjoy the best programming of Latin American movies through the Panama IFF Channel aboard the planes of the Panamanian airline Copa Airlines.
But do not let that be an excuse … you have to come!
Discover The City With The IFF Panama
The truth is that the festival has become a fantastic excuse to rediscover the city. Every year opens new rooms in unexpected places. This year, besides being able to see several films in the Multiplaza Mall’s Cinepolis, you can discover the Sala Gladys Vidal, from the Hatillo Building in the old neighborhood of La Exposición, the hall was renamed in honor of the Panamanian actress, and renovated with 172 seats. This was the old room of the Cinema Arte, founded by the Jesuits of the Javier School to show European auteur cinema, which later came out of its control and became a pornographic movie theatre (in my childhood I always wondered why a pornographic cinema was called Cinema Arte ).
You can visit the City of Knowledge in Clayton, in the old Canal Zone, because one of the rooms in the old Athenaeum will show films. Also the Ricardo J. Alfaro Room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is here in the Casco Viejo. And then, a few minutes from Las Clementinas, there is the emblematic Balboa Theater, the main venue of IFF Panama, and also the territory of the former Canal Zone.
Additionally, the Mirador del Pacífico in the Cinta Costera 2 will continue to be one of the most attractive outdoor places to enjoy cinema, free of charge and at the edge of the sea.