BIFF, Bogota International Film Festival, second edition

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This second edition offers a number of sections in which different films will be screened according to their category, as follows: Inauguration, Colombia Live (Colombia Viva), Young Spirit (Espíritu Joven), Retrospective, Us against the rest (Sólo contra todos), Midnight Express (Expreso de Medianoche), Masters, Film Concerts, Shake It Up (A todo ritmo) and Family Secrets (Secretos de familia).

The BIFF will feature 29 countries, will present four nights of film concerts, will have fifteen special guests, about seventy academic conferences, five Colombian premiers, 25 Latin America premiers, in addition to a meeting with the best professionals in the industry.

Among the films you will enjoy in this edition are Hedi by director Mohamed Ben Attia winner for Best Opera Prima and the Silver Bear for the acting of Majd Mastoura; United States of Love by director Tomasz Wasilewski, winner of the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay; Valderama by Abbas Amini, nominated for Best Opera Prima, all in the latest edition of the Berlin International Film Festival; together with Toni Erdmann by German director Maren Ade, Fripresci prize winner and nominated for the Palme d'Or at the latest Cannes Film Festival; Safari, a documentary by Austrian Ulrich Seidl and Café Society, the latest film by Woody Allen, which opened last year's Cannes Film Festival.

Similarly, the selection of films from our country is one of the most anticipated ingredients of the event. The Colombia Live section will feature premieres of the latest film by Victor Gaviria, The wife of the animalParientethe debut of Santanderean director Iván D. Gaona; The new Medellin by Catalina Villar; the drama This timetomorrow by Lina Rodríguez and the film Jericho, the infinite flight of the days, directed by Catalina Mesa.

The content of the festival was chosen by four people: Andrés Bayona, who worked for fifteen years at Proimágenes Colombia; Raymond Phathanavirangoon, film producer and official delegate of Critics' Week at Cannes; Javier Martín, who has worked at the French distributor Colifilms; and Rebeca Conget, who worked at the distribution company New Yorker Films for ten years.

There can be no doubt that the Biff contributes enormously to the Colombian film industry.

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