Art and Experience: The presence of Isabelle Huppert and Viggo Mortensen figure among the highlights of the 3rd Cannes Festival Film Week which runs Nov. 28-Dec. 4 in Buenos Aires.
Programmed and presented with verve by Cannes topper Thierry Fremaux, the event forms part of the 8th Ventana Sur, Latin America’s biggest film mart-meet, organized by Argentina’s INCAA Film Institute and Cannes Film Festival and Market.
Six standout titles from the 2016 Cannes’ Official Selection that have not been released in Argentina will screen at Espacio INCAA Cine Gaumont, an 800-seat movie theater in downtown Buenos Aires. Screenings are often packed.
The 3rd Week kicks-off Nov. 28 with Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner, social-realist drama “I, Daniel Blake.”
Isabelle Huppert, the star of Paul Verhoeven’s psychological thriller “Elle,” France’s foreign language Oscar entry, will present Nov. 30 the Argentine premiere of the film. She will also deliver a masterclass alongside Thierry Fremaux on Thursday Dec. 1.
Viggo Mortensen, the driving force behind Matt Ross’ family drama “Captain Fantastic,” a best director winner at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard this year, will present the movie Nov. 29 and then take part in an audience Q & A.
Further screenings at this year’s Cannes Festival Film Week in Buenos Aires include: On Dec. 3, Maren Ade’s multi-laurelled dramedy “Toni Erdmann,” a Sony Pictures Classics pickup for North America and Latin America. A breakout Cannes competition hit and Germany’s Oscar candidate, “Erdmann” won the 2016 Intl. Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) Grand Prix.
Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World,” which earned the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, screens Dec. 2; Yeon Sang-Ho’s Korean zombie blockbuster “Train to Busan” (Dec. 1) also screens at the Week.
The Cannes Week in Buenos Aires builds on the European Film Week Thierry Fremaux launched in 2009, parallel to the inaugural Ventana Sur. The event changed its moniker to Cannes Festival Film Week in 2014, when the European discontinued its support broadened its scope to take in films from around the globe.