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Aruba International Film Festival


Aruba International Film Festival Year 5 Kicks Off October 7-11 2015.

The Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) quickly became the international film community’s “must-attend” summer event after its opening in July 2010. After 4 intensely exciting years, the festival took a break in 2014 for a complete makeover and now is back with full force to celebrate year 5 from October 7th-11th, 2015. 

The festival offers a pleasurable and inviting atmosphere for filmmakers, press and film lovers. It serves to not only develop an understanding and appreciation of the art of cinema and filmmaking, but also to inspire, educate and promote emerging local and regional filmmaking talent. This in turn has helped position Aruba as a center of art, culture and creativity, and as a viable destination for international film and commercial productions.

The AIFF was founded in 2010 by film producers Jonathan Vieira and Giuseppe Cioccarelli, with artistic direction by 30-year industry veteran Claudio Masenza. Previous editions of the festival have showcased a diverse array of critically acclaimed fiction films and documentaries from every corner of the globe, and have attracted such notable industry names as:

Hollywood leading man Richard Gere (Pretty Woman, An Officer and a Gentleman)
Multi Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker (Raging Bull, The Aviator)
Mexican writer/director Guillermo Arriaga (The Burning Plain, Babel)...




Aruba - AIFF Makes Artistic Statement connecting film and art

It is perhaps a sign of a film festival’s “coming of age” when it dares to present films acclaimed in the world of art rather than merely at the box office. Such is the case with the Aruba International Film Festival’s invitation to three world renown directors of sophisticated, powerful art cinema and documentary creations. They all will participate in the AIFF Film Lab series, In Conversation With…

Academy Award winning director Jonathan Demme will discuss his latest films at the “In Conversation With…” series and introduce his documentary ‘The Agronomist’, a moving portrait of the late Haitian radio personality who campaigned for democracy, Jean Dominique. Demme has been able, in his career, not only to make box-office blockbuster films, but to take on intriguing subject matter as well, and to make it absorbing and entertaining.
The Silence of the Lambs won him the Academy Award for Best Director and is one of only three to win all the major Oscar categories. Philadelphia garnered Tom Hanks a Best Actor Oscar. Since them Demme’s films have included an adaptation of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, and remakes of two popular films: the Truth about Charlie, based on Charade, and The Manchurian Candidate, with Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep.

Milcho Manchevski is the creator of four widely recognized pieces of art in the world of cinema. AIFF 2011 will screen two of them to acquaint theatergoers to his unique vision and style. His first film, Before the Rain, (1994) not only won an Academy Award nomination in the US, but thirty other awards from around the world, and is included on the New York Time’s list of the best 1000 films ever made. The second AIFF presentation will be his latest work, Mothers. The very structure of the film itself becomes part of its message, as fiction and documentary blend and emphasize the fine line between truth and fiction.

Another director who will be explaining the connections between film and the visual arts at AIFF 2011 is Polish born Lech Majewski . In addition to being a filmmaker, he is an artist, a poet, an author and a stage director. He is known for his films Wojaczek, (1999) Angelus (2000) and The Garden of Earthly Delights (2004), which was based on the 1503 Hieronymous Bosch painting of the same name. He was honored in 2006 with a mid-career retrospective at the famed Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City. In The Mill and the Cross , he examines the famous painting by Pieter Bruegel “The Way to Calvary”. Majewski focuses on a dozen characters depicted in the painting whose life stories unfold and intertwine in a panoramic landscape populated by villagers and red-caped Spanish horsemen. It invites the viewer to live inside the aesthetic universe of the painting as we watch it being created.

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