We are thrilled to bring you on board for a cinematic journey that transcends borders, cultures, and narratives. This festival, a brainchild of the visionary Spanish Ambassador Ion de la Riva and meticulously curated by Federico Sartori for EXIT media, is not just a celebration of film; it is a window into the rich tapestry of Ibero-American cinema, weaving together stories from Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru and Portugal.
Our mission is clear: to celebrate the diversity and ingenuity of cultural expressions of the Ibero-American cinema, promoting exchange and intercultural dialogue. We showcase eleven high-quality films, from recent masterpieces to timeless classics, showing the plurality of poetics and narratives from the Iberian Peninsula to the other side of the Atlantic.
We open our festival with the exclusive screening of “Maixabel” an unreleased gem by the talented Icíar Bollaín. Inspired by the true story of Basque human rights activist Maixabel Lasa, this film sets the tone for the socio-political relevance and artistic brilliance you can expect throughout the week.
Our “New Waves” section introduces you to six recent remarkable films. From the Cannes 2019 Jury Prize winner “Bacurau” to “The Kings of the World” by Laura Mora, these films represent the cutting edge of storytelling, addressing emerging talents, socially relevant themes, and the ever-evolving landscape of Ibero-American cinema. As we traverse the cinematic realm, we delve into the historical and social dimensions through films like “Chile ‘76”, finding joy in the tango comedy “Let the Dance Begin” and glimpsing into the world of the acclaimed Peruvian chef Virgilio Martínez through the biopic “Virgilio”.
In our “Evergreen” section, we pay homage to the new classics of Latin American cinema. “The Good Herbs” and “Behavior” will stand as timeless pillars, representing the enduring legacy of Mexican and Cuban cinema. A special tribute is reserved for the legendary António da Cunha Telles, by presenting his latest work, “Kiss Me” a testament to his contribution to the Portuguese New Cinema movement.
Our grand finale, “Tequila. Sex, Drugs And Rock&Roll” takes us on a captivating journey through the legendary Hispanic-Argentinian rock band Tequila, marking a pivotal era in Spain’s transition from dictatorship to democracy.
Each of the eleven titles offers a unique way to have a conversation on the challenges that Ibero-American society is facing today. As you immerse yourselves in this cinematic odyssey, remember that each frame tells a story, each narrative echoes a culture, and each filmmaker invites you to experience the world through their lens. We invite you to savor these moments, engage in discussions, and celebrate the magic of Ibero-American cinema.
We love Ibero-American cinema, as it holds up a mirror to our dreams, concerns, and hopes. May the films inspire, provoke, and leave an indelible mark on your hearts.
Enjoy the festival!