Ventana Sur showcase features Fremaux master-class
MADRIDFive top-tier Cannes competish titles, including Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner “Amour,” will screen at Ventana Sur’s European Film Week, curated and presented by Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux. Ken Loach’s naturalistic, whisky heist comedy “The Angels’ Share,” which took Cannes’ jury prize, opens the showcase Nov. 27. Running before and parallel to Latin American film mart Ventana Sur, the Film Week also features Italian Matteo Garrone’s Cannes Grand Prix winner “Reality,” a portrait of reality TV addiction; Leos Carax’s Gallic role-play dramedy “Holy Motors”; and Dane Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Hunt,” turning on a false child-abuse accusation, which won Mads Mikkelsen best actor at Cannes. Argentina’s Incaa Film Institute and the Cannes Market organize Ventana Sur. “I’m increasingly involved in meeting with producers and distributors. But, alongside the market, we wanted to organize something that touches the soul of cinema,” Fremaux said. “(The European Film Week) is the cultural side of Ventana Sur, creating and maintaining a dialogue between European cinema and Argentine audiences via Cannes.” A Film Week highlight looks set to be a masterclass given by Fremaux on Nov. 28 turning on classic cinema, film archives and preservation. Fremaux is also the director of Lyon’s Institut Lumiere, which runs the Lumiere-Grand Lyon Film Festival. The event, which focuses on film classics, is a popular fest fixture after only four editions. “The class will talk around the necessity for public archives, new connections between past and present, and how people feel about these issues in countries such as France, the U.S. and Italy,” Fremaux said. The masterclass coincides with a push to open a new public film archive in Buenos Aires. The European Film Week runs Nov. 27 to Dec. 5; Ventana Sur runs Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.