Pamplona (EFE).- The XVII International Documentary Film Festival of Navarra ‘Punto de Vista’ will feature 18 films from 13 different countries, which will be screened between March 27 and April 1 in Pamplona as part of a program with up to six world premieres, in which reflection on the past is presented as one of the main themes.
The presentation of the festival, promoted by the Government of Navarra and organized by the public company NICDO, took place at the Baluarte Auditorium in Pamplona, where the director general of Culture-Institución Príncipe de Viana, Ignacio Apesteguía Morentin; the artistic director of the festival, Manuel Asín; and its executive director, Teresa Morales.
This official section, highlighted according to the selection committee for “the quality and diversity of the films registered”, also has an international premiere, two European premieres and eight premieres in Spain, “which offer an overview of the current state of production in the world”.
In this line, Asín has celebrated the international character of the festival, but has assured that “some regions are still being left out”, and they hope to have more representation in the future.
Ten feature films and eight short films
Already consolidated as one of the great cultural events of the Navarrese capital, this edition presents ten feature films and eight short films selected from more than 800 titles, from more than 60 countries.
A selection that combines the latest titles by long-standing filmmakers such as ‘Eventide’, by Sharon Lockhart; ‘Notes for a movie’ by Ignacio Agüero; or ‘Maayo Wonaa Keerol’, by Alassane Diago; with works by debuting directors such as ‘Bide bazterrean hi eta ni kantari’, by Peru Galbete; ‘Telephone, Christmas’, by Malena Zambrani; and ‘Nagyapám kertje’, by Gábor Varga.
“This edition brings together names of filmmakers who had already gone through the festival with other newcomers who, due to the courage of their proposals, have wanted to compare themselves to other more recognized names on the international scene. We believe that the most valuable investment of a festival is its commitment to filmmakers who can set new directions for the future”, stated the artistic director of the festival.
As every year, this cultural event will have seven sections: Official Section, Retrospectives, Spotlights, Lan, Contacts, X Films and the Mediation Program.
Retrospective of German filmmaker Peter Nestler
In addition, during this edition the festival will present the first retrospective in Spain of the work of German filmmaker Peter Nestler, “a key figure in contemporary European documentary”, to whom the festival will also dedicate the paper publication it publishes each year.
“Nestler is a pioneering filmmaker who, with the passage of time, has grown in importance and who from very early on has been interested in environmental issues, which have to do with nature, always with the vision that we have to see with her”, highlighted Asín.
After passing through Pamplona, this tribute will land at the Filmoteca de Catalunya, in Barcelona; at the Cineteca in Madrid; the CGIA of Coruña and the Filmoteca of Valencia.
Among the rest of the activities that ‘Punto de Vista’ will offer, the activities of the Mediation Program stand out, with the aim of bringing the festival closer to younger audiences through workshops aimed at boys and girls; the second edition of Young Programmers Moving Cinema x Punto de Vista; and a session for students at the Filmoteca de Navarra.
For his part, Morales has indicated that in the coming weeks they will expand the information on the festival and “will go through” the rest of the programming.