Latin America Brings its Themes and Struggles to Cannes Film Festival

Latin America Brings its Themes and Struggles to Cannes Film Festival

Paris, May 20 – Latin America brought some of its most current themes and struggles to the Cannes Film Festival, where documentaries ”La cordillera de los sueños” (Mountain Range of Dreams) (Chile) and ”Que Sea Ley” (Be it Law) (Argentina) were screened this weekend.

Both films were presented out of competition but were enthusiastically received by the audience attending the event, which takes place in this spa city in southern France.

In ‘La cordillera de los sueños,’ Chilean Patricio Guzman uses the Andes to delve into the country’s recent history and childhood memories, and tell episodes such as the 1973 coup d’état carried out by Augusto Pinochet, as well as the repression during the dictatorship.

The material closes the trilogy of ‘Nostalgia de la luz’ (2010) ‘El botón de nacar’ (2015), by a director who, despite living in exile since those years, has dedicated his work to his country.

On the other hand, the struggle of thousands of Argentines for the legalization of abortion flooded the red carpet of Cannes and reached the big screen with the documentary ‘Que Sea Ley’ by Juan Solanas.

Prior to the presentation, the director, part of the production team and dozens of activists paraded along the red carpet with the green scarf, which has become the symbol of those who advocate in that South American nation for ‘legal, safe and free abortion’.

The initiative was joined by figures such as Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar and actress Penelope Cruz, who also exhibited the handkerchief.

In Argentina, as in many other nations in the region, the interruption of pregnancy is only permitted in the case of rape, or if it represents a danger to the life of the woman.

The battle for legalization has mobilized thousands of Argentines, a struggle reflected in the documentary.

The Cannes Festival, one of the most prestigious of its kind in the world, began last Tuesday and will run until May 25. (Prensa Latina)

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