As with every edition of the International Film Festival of Panama, IFF Panama 2016 will host a select group of prominent representatives from the global film industry. Between April 7thand 13th, audiences will be able to interact with our guests through post-screening discussions, seminars, workshops, lectures and panels.
Lucía Bosé will be the guest of honor at IFF Panama’s fifth edition. Bosé’s impressive career, which includes collaborations with great directors such as Michelangelo Antonioni, Luis Buñuel, Juan Antonio Bardem, and Giuseppe De Santis, among others. Bosé will be recognized at a special gala featuring participation from writer Boris Izaguirre, the great Spanish actress Marisa Paredes, the director of the National Film Archive of Spain Chema Prado, and Lucía Bosé’s own son – also a renowned actor and singer – Miguel Bosé.
Three of Lucía Bosé’s most important films (Death of a Cyclist, Story of a Love Affair, and No Peace Under the Olive Tree) will be featured in special screenings in honor of the admired Italian actress. IFF Panama will also screen, in a special presentation, High Heels (directed by Pedro Almodóvarand starring Marisa Paredes and Miguel Bosé).
Venezuelan actor Édgar Ramírez, star of the August-premiering Panamanian film Hands of Stone, will be present at IFF Panama’s screening of the filmFrom Afar; Lorenzo Vigas’ impressive debut and winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival 2015, of which Ramírez is executive producer. He will also attend gala ceremonies, public seminars and discussions.
The ever-prominent Mexican actor Damián Alcázar will also visit IFF Panama to represent two films in which he stars: Magallanes, the directorial debut from Peruvian actor/director Salvador del Solar, and The Thin Yellow Line, also a debut effort, from director Celso R. García, who will also be visiting from Mexico.
The Chilean-American composer Nicolas Jaar will attend the fifth edition to present the film Dheepan (winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015), for which he created the musical score. Jaar will offer an extended Q&A session following the screening of Dheepan.
Javier Ruiz Caldera
Javier Ruiz Caldera, director of many popular and satirical Spanish spoofs, will visit IFF Panama to present his film Spy Time. Two of his other films,Ghost Graduation and Three Many Weddings, won the Copa Airlines Audience Award for best film (fiction) at IFF Panama’s 2012 and 2013 editions, respectively.
Master documentary filmmaker Patricio Guzmán will also visit Panama, primordially to conduct his "Documentary Seminar" for IFF-accredited film industry members. The Chilean filmmaker, recognized as one of the best documentary filmmakers in the world, will share the keys to development of a documentary over four days, followed by a screening of his new feature filmThe Pearl Button, which premiered in Berlin. This cultural event will mark abefore-and-after for lovers of the seventh art in Panama.
Among filmmakers included in our international showcase section, Kabir Khanand Amar Butala -- the director and producer of the epic feature filmBrother Bhaijaan, respectively -- will visit us from India. GrímurHákonarson, director of the stunning Rams -- winner of the "Un Certain Regard" award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 -- will visit us fromIceland.
We will also have special guests taking part in the "Stories of Central America and the Caribbean" section, including directors Arí Maniel Cruz (Before the Rooster Crows, Puerto Rico), Hernán Jiménez (Tamarindo, Costa Rica),Miquel Galofre and Tyler Johnston (co-directors of My Father’s Land, Haiti/Bahamas), Paz Fábrega (Viaje, Costa Rica), Guido Bilbao (Time to Love. A Backstage Tale, Panama), actor Luis Alberto García of the Irish-Cuban film Viva, and Julio Hernández Cordón, with I Promise you Anarchy -- winner of the Primera Mirada award at IFF Panama 2015.
Julio Hernández Cordón
Po’s director John Asher and actors Christopher Gorham and Julian Federwill be present at their film’s world premiere, as well as a very special, emotional gala.
The famed Chilean musician and experienced film soundtrack composer,Jorge Arriagada, will deliver a special workshop: "El sonido en cine”, which both accredited public and industry members may attend. Another important panel to be conducted within IFF Panama’s fifth-edition framework is the “Panel de búsqueda de fondos para proyectos documentales ", moderated byChris McDonald (director of the renowned festival “Hot Docs”) and IDFA programmer Raul Zambrano. Tamara Falicov, will also take part in the discussion.
Last but certainly not least, Geraldine Chaplin will grace us with her presence at this year’s edition of IFF Panama. After visiting us in 2013 and 2015, the beloved and always-welcomed actress will arrive again this year to accompany director Patricio Castilla, who will be screening his new filmStreet Name: Pirate as part of the festival’s Retratos (Portrait) category.