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IFF Panama: Anarchy Triumphs as Primera Mirada Jury Award Two Cash Prizes

By Christopher Pickard

PANAMA - Julio Hernández Cordón’s “Te Prometo Anarquía,” won the lion's share Tuesday of IFF Panama's pioneering Central America/Caribbean pics-in-post showcase, Primera Mirada. “Te Prometo Anarqu...


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IFF Panama: 'Sultán' Swings Into View for a Late 2015 Release (EXCLUSIVE)

By Christopher Pickard

PANAMA -- Panamanian director Enrique Castro Rios is getting closer to completing his first feature "Sultán.” The film is in post-production, having wrapped principal photography last Aug. 3. Castro Rios is about to welcome a po...


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IFF Panama: Julio Hernández Cordón's 'Te Prometo Anarquía'

By Christopher Pickard

PANAMA – Julio Hernández Cordón's "Te prometo anarquía" is one of five films from Central American and the Caribbean under consideration to be awarded $25,000 in completion funding from IFF Panama's industry sectio...


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IFF Panama: Ariel Escalante Talks About ‘The Sound of Things’

By John Hopewell

Always a frontrunner for the IFF Panama’s inaugural Primera Mirada prize, where it has just won a cash second prize of $5,000, Ariel Escalante’s “The Sound of Things,” tough it still just in post-production, announces...


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IFF Panama: Festival Audiences Embrace 'Spanish Affair'

By Christopher Pickard

PANAMA – Alvaro Augustin, producer and CEO of Spain's Telecinco Cinema, was delighted and even a little surprised at how strongly "Spanish Affair" ("Ocho Apellidos Vascos") played at the opening night of the Panama Film Festival. The f...


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IFF Panama: Cuba on Best 'Behavior' in Panama City

By Christopher Pickard

PANAMA – Cuba and Panama City have very much been in the news of late, and helping to cement good relations are a visit to the festival by Cuba's acclaimed actress, Alina Rodríguez, and Ernest Daranas Serrano who directed her in...


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IFF Panama: 'Shrew's Nest' Brings a Darker Touch to Panama

By Christopher Pickard

PANAMA - Every self-respecting film festival needs a healthy dose of horror or terror, and Panama is no exception. Offering Panamanian audiences a fright night experience is "Shrew's Nest" ("Musarañas"), the critically acclaimed featu...


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REVIEWS

'The Tale of the Princess Kaguya'

By Maggie Lee

Isao Takahata's retelling of the oldest recorded Japanese narrative is a visionary tour de force.


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'Margarita, With a Straw'

By Dennis Harvey

One of the least hand-wringing movies ever made about a character with significant disabilities.


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'The Third Side of the River'

By Scott Foundas

Celina Murga’s exquisite feel for small-town life, and of the private worlds inhabited by children and adolescents, is on full display in “The Third Side of the River.”


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'The Silver Cliff'

By Jay Weissberg

Karim Ainouz takes auds on an inner journey over 24 hours that, like tides on the beach, surge and subside until a calmer spirit prevails.


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'Whiplash'

By Peter Debruge

Miles Teller drums his heart out — and then some — in writer-director Damien Chazelle’s stellar career-starter.


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IFF PANAMA: Jayro Bustamante: 'Cinema is Our Way of Lighting Up Our Country’

By John Hopewell

Alfonso Ruizpalacios’ “Gueros” was the most-laurelled Latin American debut of 2014. This year, Jayro Bustamante’s “Ixcanul,” a Guatemala-France co-pro, is shaping up to inherit that crown, having already w...


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IFF Panama: Lifting the Lid Off the Secrets of Box 25

By Christopher Pickard

PANAMA – "This is the story of a marriage and a divorce," says a voice at the beginning of "Box 25" ("Caja 25"), a new documentary from the Panamanian filmmakers Delfina Vidal and Mercedes Arias. The film is one of three world premiere...


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Celina Murga, Juan Villegas on ‘The Third Side of the River’

By John Hopewell

Few films coming out of Latin America have had the backing of Celina Murga’s “The Third Side of the River,” executive produced by Martin Scorsese, sold by The Match Factory and selected for competition at Berlin. “The...


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