Thursday, February 23, 2017

The sixth edition of the International Film Festival of Panama unites 23 films, hailing from Mexico to Argentina plus the Iberian peninsula, whose thematic diversity faithfully represents the richness of the territories that historically bind them together.

IFF Panama 2017 presents a solid selection of cinematographic works produced across Ibero-America. Mexico will contribute six productions; two of which, Tempestad and Tesoros, have just competed in Germany’s Berlinale. The Spanish films Jota, a musical from the masterful Carlos Saura; the comedy The night my mother killed my father; and Smoke and Mirrors, a comedy, are also scheduled to screen.

The showing also includes productions from Brazil: Under Pressure and Aquarius, a drama dominated by masterful actress Sonia Braga’s intensity. Also screening in Portuguese will be Lisbon director Marco Martins’ Saint George.

“Eclectic and diverse, our Iberoamerican Portal reflects the unique vision of the filmmakers from the region. Bringing together films from major festivals like Cannes, Berlin and Venice as well as new films to be discovered at IFF, our selection offers a window onto our region's established and emerging voices.”, said Diana Sanchez, IFF Panama Artistic Director.

Latin American directors are especially prominent in this year’s selection, with six directed and two co-directed films to be screened. IFF Panama audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy works from María Novaro, María José Cuevas, Inés París, Maite Alberdi, Pepa San Martín, Lucía Carreras, Verónica Perrotta, and Tatiana Huezo.

Films from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Colombia will round out the Festival’s 2017 program.


Ibero-american Showcase
Title Director Year Country
AQUARIUS Kleber Mendonça Filho 2016 Brazil, France
BEAUTIES OF THE NIGHT María José Cuevas 2016 Mexico
DOLPHINS GO EAST Gonzalo Delgado, Verónica Perrotta 2016 Uruguay, Argentina, Germany
GUILTY MEN Iván D. Gaona 2016 Colombia
J: BEYOND FLAMENCO Carlos Saura 2016 Spain
JESÚS Fernando Guzzoni 2016 France, Chile, Germany, Greece, Colombia
RARA Pepa San Martín 2016 Chile, Argentina
SAINT GEORGE Marco Martins 2016 Portugal, France
SMOKE AND MIRRORS Alberto Rodríguez Librero 2016 Argentina, Spain
SOLDADO Manuel Abramovich 2016 Argentina
SUCH IS LIFE IN THE TROPICS Sebastián Cordero 2016 Ecuador, Mexico, Germany
TAMARA AND THE LADYBUG Lucia Carreras 2016 Mexico, Spain
TEMPESTAD Tatiana Huezo 2016 Mexico
TESOROS María Novaro 2016 Mexico
THE GROWN UPS Maite Alberdi 2016 Chile, Netherlands, France
THE LONG NIGHT OF FRANCISCO SANCTIS Franciso Márquez, Andrea Testa 2016 Argentina
THE TENTH MAN Daniel Burman 2016 Argentina
THE UNTAMED Amat Escalante 2016 Mexico, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland
THE WINTER Emiliano Torres 2016 Argentina
UNDER PRESSURE Andrucha Waddington 2017 Brazil
EL AMPARO Rober Calzadilla 2016 Venezuela, Colombia



The IFF Panama Foundation
The International Film Festival of Panama Foundation (IFF Panama Foundation) is a non-profit organization created to support the International Film Festival of Panama while promoting cultural and educational activities as an integral part of the event. The Festival is supported primarily by the Ministerio de Comercio e Industrias (MICI), the Dirección General de Cine (DICINE), the Autoridad de Turismo de Panamá, Mastercard®, Copa Airlines, Stella Artois, Revista K, TVN and Telemetro, among other generous sponsors.