This Will Be the Representation of Latin America at the Venice International Film Festival

The new edition of one of the most important film festivals in the world will feature the participation of Latin films from Argentina, Mexico, Chile, and Venezuela.

Still from the films 'Spencer' and 'Official Competition'

Here we show you the four films that will represent Latin America in this prestigious event. Photo: YT-Reface, YT-Mediapro

LatinAmerican Post | Nicolás Donoso

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On September 1, the Venice International Film Festival begins one of the most important in terms of cinematography and which this time will bring together 21 productions that will participate in the event's competition. From the list of films that will be in this edition, four come from Latin America (Argentina, Mexico, Chile, and Venezuela).

Not only is this festival important because it is the oldest in the world (it was inaugurated in 1932), but for many experts, it is considered as a springboard to be able to get well positioned to achieve a nomination for the Oscars.

For this reason, here we show you the four films that will represent Latin America in this prestigious event, where productions such as "Spencer", "La Caja", "Competencia oficial" and "Sundown" will seek to win the Golden Lion, recognition that the organization awards to the best participating film.

"Spencer", by Pablo Larraín (Chile)

Inspired by the nineties, Princess Diana of Wales is one of the most influential women in the world, but there are many things that people do not know about her that are a total mystery to public opinion. During a weekend she makes the surprising decision to separate from Prince Charles of Wales, with whom she has two children. The consequences of having to make one of the most important decisions of your life, you will only know in the future.

The film stars Kristen Stewart, the renowned actress who is remembered for her role as Bella Swan in the "Twilight" saga, and British Jack Farthing, who stood out in his participation in the BBC One drama series "Poldark." And it is directed by Chilean Pablo Larraín, who has been nominated for the Oscar Awards and the Golden Globe Awards throughout his career as a filmmaker.

"La Caja", by Lorenzo Vigas (Venezuela)

Hatzín, is a fourteen-year-old teenager who lives in Mexico City and who sees how his day changes from one day to the next when he is informed that his father, who a few years ago left the country to start a new life in the United States, he has passed away and that he must go find his remains. Faced with this scenario, the young man will undertake an entire odyssey to find out more about the past of his father, whom he practically did not get to know and will know who he was, what his life was like, and why he died.

Likewise, this film addresses one of the main problems that affect society, such as the large number of femicides that have occurred in recent times in Ciudad de Juárez, Mexico, and which have been called "Muertas de Juárez." A phenomenon that seems to have no solution and that since the 1990s continues to torment thousands of women in one of the cities with the highest rate of femicides in the entire country and in Latin America.

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"Official competition", by Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn (Argentina)

A multimillionaire businessman wants to leave a legacy and achieve transcendence in the world of cinematography, for this he makes the decision to make a film with the best actors and actresses from all over Spain, together with a high-level team so that no detail is left to chance and everything is perfect. However, these actors have a big problem and that is that although they are owners of great talent, they also have a great ego and when working together they must pass all kinds of tests so that everything goes according to plan.

This feature film has internationally renowned actors, such as the Spanish Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz, and the Argentine Oscar Martínez; And its main curiosity is that filming had begun at the beginning of 2020, however, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, its recordings had to be postponed until the second half of the same year, ending everything in November.

"Sundown", by Michel Franco (Mexico)

A high-class family from Great Britain seeks to spend their vacations in a prestigious place, and after receiving a particular call they decide to travel to North America, more precisely to Acapulco, Mexico. There, they will face a new country, a culture that they do not know and they will have to go through a series of situations as a family that they are not used to living and that will put them to the test on more than one occasion.

Acapulco is one of the favorite places of the film director, Michel Franco, and for this reason, the film was made in this resort. Being another of the curiosities that Franco had already been nominated last year in this festival, staying with the award of the Grand Prize of the Venice Jury, the second most important recognition of the event, for his film "New Order".