TOP STORIES: IFF Panama: Building Central America, the Caribbean; IFF Panama: Celebrating the Wo...
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IFF Panama: Building Central America, the Caribbean

By John Hopewell

Running April 9-15, and now celebrating its fourth edition, the International Film Festival of Panama reps one of the world’s most quickly consolidating festivals in two of its nascent but fast-growing film regions: Central America and...


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IFF Panama: Celebrating the Work of Brazil’s Karim Aïnouz

By Christopher Pickard

PANAMA ­– IFF Panama is celebrating the work of the highly acclaimed Brazilian director and visual artist Karim Aïnouz with a retrospective of his work. The focus sees the screenings of all five of his features: &ldq...


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IFF Panama: ‘Te Prometo Anarquia,’ ‘Things,’ ‘Angélica’ Play Pioneering Primera Mirada

By John Hopewell

Two buzzed-up titles — Julio Hernández Cordón’s latest, “Te Prometo Anarquía,” and Ariel Escalante’s “The Sound of Things” – as well as “Angélica,” from ...


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IFF Panama: Central America, Caribbean Display Talent, Energy, Breadth

By John Hopewell

Welcome to the New Guatemalan Cinema, plus two exceptional actresses still at the height of their powers - Geraldine Chaplin, Cuba’s Alina Rodriguez – little known new talents - El Salvador’s Arturo Menendez, Costa Rica&rsq...


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IFF Panama: Potential B.O. Juggernaut ‘Spanish Affair 2’ Gears Up

By John Hopewell

The pieces are falling into place for the production of “Spanish Affair 2” (“Ocho Apellidos 2”), the sequel to the 2014 comedy which, distributed by Universal Pictures International in Spain, and opening March 14 last...


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Panama: Panama Fest: Zouain’s ‘On A Road’ Charts Journey into Adulthood

By John Hopewell

Kicking off in Dominican Republic’s upper middle-class community in Montecristi  – whatever happened to Latin America’s poverty-porn school of filmmaking? – “On the Road, Somewhere” marks the feature ...


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IFF Panama: ‘Gueros,’ ‘Manos Sucias,’ ‘Lorena’ Set For Fest Debuts

By John Hopewell

“Gueros,” “Manos sucias” and “I’m Not Lorena” feature in the IFF Panama’s choice eight-title Ibero-American Debut Films section. Sold by Mundial, a joint venture of IM Global and Canana, &ldquo...


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REVIEWS

'The Salt of the Earth'

By Jay Weissberg

Wim Wenders confirms his mastery of the documentary form with this stunning ode to Sebastiao Salgado.


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'The Look of Silence'

By Guy Lodge

There are as few safe moves as there are false notes in "The Look of Silence," an altogether stunning companion piece to "The Act of Killing" that shifts its emphasis from the perpetrators of the atrocity to their victims,


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'Beats of the Antonov'

By Jay Weissberg

Hajooj Kuka’s short yet eloquent, even optimistic docu is an exemplar of how filmmakers can give dignity to refugees by allowing them their names and their voice.


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'I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You'

By Jay Weissberg

Beautifully structured and ultimately transcendent.


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'Gueros'

By Peter Debruge

“To be young and not a revolutionary is a contradiction,” reads a protest banner in “Gueros,” a feisty Mexican indie in which two brothers — one dark-skinned, the other pale — idly fritter away a few days ...


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'Shrew's Nest'

By Dennis Harvey

This typically high-polish, psychologically angled contempo Spanish horror-thriller is well handled in all departments even if its ideas never feel particularly fresh, or their execution more than solid.


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Viggo Mortensen on ‘Jauja,’ Producing, Protecting Directors’ Visions

By John Hopewell and Anna Marie de la Fuente

Viggo Mortensen received a career tribute at Morocco’s Marrakech Film Fest after receiving a similar trib at Argentina’s Mar del Plata two weeks earlier. Lisandro Alonso's "Jauja," starring Mortensen, is now a highlight at the 4t...


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IFF Panama: Casco Viejo Hosts Panama Fest Activities

By Christopher Pickard

PANAMA ­– Panama City’s Casco Viejo, or old quarter, is at the heart of IFF Panama, with many of the festival activities and screenings scheduled to take place in the area. Hotels in the Casco Viejo, most notably the American...


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