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IFF Panama: Central America on the Right Track for Growth

By Christopher Pickard

PANAMA – As the leaders of the Americas, including U.S. President Barack Obama, meet in Panama City for the seventh Summit of the Americas, they will be all too aware that it is the economies of Central America that are leading growth ...


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IFF Panama: Geraldine Chaplin a Firm Festival Favorite

By Christopher Pickard

PANAMA – "I have to thank my wrinkles," Geraldine Chaplin jokes in the lobby of the American Trade Hotel in Panama City as she prepares for the festival screening of the critically acclaimed "Sand Dollars" ("Dólares de Arena"). ...


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IFF Panama: ‘Panama Canal Stories’: A Milestone For a Young Industry

By John Hopewell

One century after the Panama Canal opened, "Panama Canal Stories" marks another milestone for Panama, this time in terms of its fledgling film industry. A five-part omnibus, it underscores the large ambitions, production energies and standar...


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IFF Panama: Guillermo Arriaga Presents Panama with ‘Words with Gods’

By Christopher Pickard

PANAMA – On Sunday, April 12, the Oscar-nominated Mexican scribe-helmer Guillermo Arriaga will present "Words With Gods" at Panama City’s National Theater, followed by a Q&A with the audience. Arriaga, who was the Fipresci La...


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IFF Panama: Jose Antonio Felez on ‘Marshland’ Ranging From Light to Dark Grey

By John Hopewell

Since the turn  of the century, Spanish producer Jose Antonio Felez has carved out a career hitting that sweet-spot between arthouse and popcorn – a spot which is incredibly hard to reach – making films, especially with Albe...


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IFF Panama: Helmer Pablo Fendrik Talks About Turning the Western on Its Head

By John Hopewell

Pablo Fendrik’s “El Ardor,” which is an Amazon-set Western action adventure, now screns at the 4th Panama Festival. The film, which is Participant Media’s first investment under its Participant PanAmerica initiative, ...


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REVIEWS

'Praia do Futuro'

By Guy Lodge

Two breakneck motorcycle rides — one across the sand dunes of a Brazilian wind farm, the other into the foggy abyss of a German autobahn — bookend Karim Ainouz's stunning fifth feature "Praia do Futuro," and while the riders dise...


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'A Hard Day'

By Maggie Lee

Kim Seong-hung handles a taut, elaborate narrative with poise, control and near-faultless technical execution.


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'Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem'

By Jay Weissberg

This expertly written, brilliantly acted film documents the painful five-year process for one woman attempting to obtain a divorce.


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'Marshland'

By Jay Weissberg

Steeped in a brooding transitional world of distrust, perversion, and disillusionment, this stylish thriller from the director of “Unit 7” superbly captures milieu yet ultimately isn’t on top of its narrative, which disappo...


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'Magical Girl'

By Peter Debruge

Don’t go looking for relatable human behavior in “Magical Girl.” There is none to be found, which is both an asset and a weakness of Spanish director Carlos Vermut’s soph feature — an elaborately contrived, imag...


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'Jauja'

By Scott Foundas

There’s more dialogue in the first reel of Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja” than in all four of the young Argentinian director’s prior narrative features combined.


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IFF Panama: 'The Crow's Nest,' Gangs and Extortion in El Salvador

By Seth Kelley

The war-torn history of Arturo Menéndez's native country, El Salvador, has yet to defeat his passion for cinematic arts. One of his short films "Parávolar,” started garnering attention for the young writer and d...


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IFF Panama: Patricia Velázquez on ‘Two Waters,’ the ‘Huge Contradiction’ of Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

By Marianne Zumberge

Since founding production company Tiempo Liquido in 2007 with Oscar Herrera, director Patricia Velásquez has worked on commercials, music videos, short films and features in her native Costa Rica. Velásquez’s short films ...


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Colombian Helmer-Producer Oscar Ruiz Navia Talks About 'Los Hongos'

By Emiliano De Pablos

Founder of Colombian outfit Contravia Films, Oscar Ruiz Navia's acclaimed directorial debut, “Crab Trap,” was Colombia's first ever Oscar candidate and won a Fipresci Prize at the 2009 Berlin festival. Ruiz Navia's helming follow...


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