No less than ten German films have been selected for this year's programme of the Mar Del Plata International Film Festival (Argentina), one of the few so-called "A-Festivals" and thus one of the most important global film events. Two German films are taking part in the Official Competition: Dani Levy's suspenseful love story THE GIRAFFE (MESCHUGGE) about a fateful meeting between David (Dani Levy) and Lena (Maria Schrader) who are unaware of the extent to which both of their lives are already inter-connected; and YARA, the second feature film by the German-Turkish director Yilmaz Arslan ("Langer Gang"). He depicts the odyssey of a Turkish girl who will not accept that her father has sent her back to relatives in Turkey from Germany and desperately attempts to return to Germany on her own initiative.
Joseph Vilsmaier's film success COMEDIAN HARMONISTS will be screened as the Closing Film as part of a special gala after the awards ceremony.
"Detràs de de Camera" ("Behind The Camera"), one of the festival's main sidebars, will present Eoin Moore's BREAK EVEN (PLUS-MINUS NULL) and Hans-Christian Schmid's 23; while German Kral's IMAGES OF AN ABSENCE (BILDER EINER ABWESENHEIT) has been invited to screen in the "Contracampo" section which is reserved for innovative narrative forms.
The sidebar "Women and Films" will show Angeliki Antoniou's VERSPIELTE NÃ„CHTE, FIRE RIDER (FEUERREITER) by Nina Grosse, and Jutta BrÃ¼ckner's BERTOLT BRECHT - LOVE, REVOLUTION AND OTHER DANGERS (BERTOLT BRECHT - LIEBE, REVOLUTION UND ANDERE GEFÃ„HRLICHE SACHEN).
Finally, the "Documentary Window" ("Ventana Documental") will show the film essay MEMORY OF BERLIN by the Englishman John Burgan who lives in Berlin.
About the festival:
A film festival was founded in the Argentine resort of Mar del Plata as early as 1954. The festival was held in alternate years to the event in Punta del Este and soon became internationally recognised; however, it could not be staged from 1970 to 1995 due to political and economic reasons. Revived in 1996 after a break of 26 years, the festival established itself in practically no time as one of the most significant film events on the South American continent.
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