In 1959 the Argentinean Cinematographic Reporters Association managed to get the “A” category rating for Mar del Plata International Film Festival from the FIAPF, and the Mar del Plata International Film Festival remains today the only festival in Latin America awarded “A” category by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations.
Founded in 1954, the Mar del Plata International Film Festival was the first Cinematographic Exhibition of Cinema in Mar del Plata city. There, the most important and recent international productions of that time were exhibited, among them: Pane, amore e fantasia, by Vittorio de Sica (Italy); La ilusión viaja en tranvía, by Luís Buñuel (Mexico); The Glenn Miller Story, by Anthony Mann (USA); Sommarlek, by Ingmar Bergman (Sweden) and “Fröken Julie”, by Alf Sjöberg (Sweden). World cinematography was represented by the most outstanding figures. From Hollywood attended Errol Flynn, Mary Pickford, Joan Fontaine, Claire Trevor, Edward G. Robinson, Fred MacMurray, Ann Miller, Walter Pidgeon and Jeannette McDonald; from France came Viviane Romance and Jeanne Moreau; from Italy, Gina Lollobrigida, Isa Miranda, Lucía Bosé and Alberto Sordi; from Britain,Trevor Howard; from Spain, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Aurora Bautista and Ana Mariscal. Besides, as special guests Lil Dagover, actress of “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari”, by Robert Wiene came from Germany, and Norman McLaren, from Canada.
The Mar del Plata festival awoke a growing interest within the intellectual and cinematographic sphere, as it created an Argentinean film festival where contact could be made with not only the acclaimed cinematographies, but also with the cinematographic vanguards from all over the world, answering both to the highest cultural level and to the one demanded by audiences. At Mar del Plata European cinematographies were represented, among others, by the French Nouvelle Vague, the young Polish cinema, the most outstanding Czech cinema, the best Italian realism and Ingmar Bergman and Sweden cinematography bursting in, apart from the excellence of the British cinema. United States films. due to their high thematic, technical and performing level, received awards on many occasions.
Apart from the Official Competition, many films were exhibited out of competition and several informative exhibitions were held as well; but one of the main attractions among journalists and film makers was the rich interchange of the new cinematographic trends, which took place within the meetings with theoreticians from all over the world. Uncountable international personalities attended the festival including Paul Newman (who was awarded Best Actor in 1962), Vittorio Gassman, Alberto Sordi, Jean Paul Belmondo, Anthony Perkins, Ugo Tognazzi, Maria Callas, Maria Schell, Marie Laforet, Tom Courtenay, Mario Moreno (Cantinflas), François Truffaut, Tony Richardson, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Gilo Pontecorvo, Andrzej Wajda, Edouard Molinaro, Pierre Kast, Karel Reisz, Jacques Tati, Curt Jürgens, Cesare Zavattini, Josef von Sternberg, Alfred Bauer, Abel Gance, Vincent Minelli, Lee Strassberg, Andrzej Munk, James Mason, Maximilian Schell, Catherine Spaak, Tomas Milian, Ettore Scola, John Gavin, and Jerzy Passendorfer, among others.
The Mar del Plata International Film Festival is the annual meeting between the audience and the traditional and avant-guard cinematographies that are screened in its many side-bar sections. The festival screens Features, Shorts, Documentaries, films made by women, GLBT, and Experimental in competitive categories. Awards are given out in the following categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Script, Best Iberoamerican Film and the Judge's Special Award.
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