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A new rendezvous with Latin American Cinema begins - CICLA 2023

Next Wednesday marks the beginning of a new edition of CICLA, the Latin American Cinema event organized by the Cinemateca de Bogotá in partnership with the Association of Cultural Attachés of Latin America and the Caribbean in Colombia.

The opening will feature the feature film "Chico Ventana también quisiera tener un submarino" by Uruguayan director Alex Piperno.

Piperno's film is an experimental comedy and fantasy in which a young sailor travels through South America aboard a cruise ship, discovering a magical door that leads to an apartment in Montevideo. Thousands of kilometers away, a group of rice-producing villagers in the Philippines also find a hut that connects to another reality. The director, one of the guests of this edition, weaves an original reflection on the meaning of reality.

The program of this edition features a curation titled "La realidad desdoblada" (The Unfolded Reality) curated by the producer and director Diana Bustamante (Nuestra película). It includes a selection of feature films and short films that showcase different forms of representation and delve into the history of countries in the Southern Cone, as well as how audiovisual memory is capable of recovering and reinterpreting it. CICLA details that this curation reveals "how we represent ourselves and the various ways representation questions representation itself. These are films that unfold reality, opening up from different perspectives and possible worlds." This space will feature the presence of Brazilian filmmaker Paula Gaitán, who will present her new film "El canto de las amapolas" (The Song of the Poppies).

Among the Latin American feature films that can be seen at this eleventh edition of the Latin American Cinema event are: "Fauna" by Nicolás Pereda (Mexico, Canada); "Carajita" by Ulises Porra and Silvina Schnicer (Dominican Republic, Argentina); "Eami" by Paz Encina (Paraguay, United States, Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, France, Mexico); "Los conductos" by Camilo Restrepo (France, Colombia, Brazil); "Date una vuelta en el aire" by Cristian Sánchez (Chile); "ARDE!" (Spain, Argentina); "Yo y las bestias" by Nico Manzano (Venezuela); and "Mato seco em chamas" by Joana Pimenta and Adirley Queirós (Portugal, Brazil).

As for short films, among the exhibitions are: "Abisal" by Alejandro Alonso (Cuba); "Rubicón" by Manuel Muñoz (Honduras); "Cerro Saturno" by Miguel Hilari (Bolivia); and "(Sin asunto)" by Guillermo Moncayo (Colombia).

The program, which will run until September 17, will be completed with special screenings of: "Argentina, 1985" by Santiago Mitre (Argentina); "The Song of the Poppies" by Paula Gaitán (Brazil); "Machuca" by Andrés Wood (Chile); and "Mundialito" by Sebastián Bednarik (Uruguay).

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