PANAMA — Reflecting the inclusive programming of IFF Panama, the festival hosted the international premier of the record-breaking comedy from its northerly neighbor, Costa Rica.
Supported by key cast members, Miguel Gómez’s “Maikol Yordan” (“Maikol Yordan de Viaje Perdido”), an adventure comedy drama, attracted a large crowd to the National Theater and Cinepolis MultiPlaza from the local Costa Rican community, as well as Panamanians aiming to get an early look at the film prior to its opening in Panama on May 14.
In Costa Rica the film grossed a very respectable $1,080,511 in 2014, and has now accumulated an extraordinary gross box office take of $3,528,104 since its Dec. 18 bow.
Cast members Mario Chacón, Edgar Murillo, Erik Hernández and Daniel Moreno used their time in Panama City for a blitz on local media, visiting TV and radio stations as well as print media.
Maikol Yordan, played by Mario Chacon, is a naive but good-natured Costa Rican farmer, who when faced with the prospect of losing his farm, embarks on a journey through Europe to raise enough money to pay off his debts as he makes new acquaintances and meets long-lost relatives. The film was shot on location in England, Italy, France, Mexico and Costa Rica.
Panama will be the first international box office test for this Costa Rican blockbuster that is now expected to expand more widely across Spanish-speaking Latin America — and to any city with a sizable Costa Rican population.