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16 de Febrero, 2023


After the cancellation of the 2021 edition of this traditional summer event due to the COVID19 pandemic, the Punta del Este International Film Festival (Uruguay) returns to the cinemas, in its twenty-fourth edition, between the 15th and the 20th of February 2022.

40 films from different sources will be shown. Nine will participate in the Ibero-American Official Competition, where the jury made up of Tarcisio Meira Filho (Brazilian actor and director), Roberto Blatt (director of INCAU), Lina Badenes (director of the Spanish production company Turanga Films), Gabriel Massa (Uruguayan distributor and programmer ) and Pablo de Vita (Argentine journalist and film critic) will decide who will win the Litman Award for Best Director, Best Film, Best Actor and Actress. In addition, the Critics Association of Uruguay will award the prize for the best film, a task that will be carried out by Micaela Dominguez, Sergio Moreira and Myriam Caprile.


The films in Official Competition are:


El año de la furia of Rafa Ruso, Uruguay- Spain

Inmersión by Nicolás Postiglione, Chile

Carajita by Ulises Porra and Silvina Schnicer, Dominican Rep.

Immortal by Fernando Spiner, Argentina

Marighella by Wagner Moura, Brazil

Medida Provisoria by Lázaro Ramos, Brazil

Dirección Opuesta by Alejandro Bellame, Venezuela-Italy

Amparo by Simon Mesa Soto, Colombia

Boreal by Federico Adorno, Paraguay


In addition, the International Panorama space is still in force, where the best films of the last two years according to critics and the public are shown as previews. In this section we highlight the presence of films such as J’Accuse by Roman Polanski, Adults in the room by Costa-Gravas, The Most Beautiful Years of a Life by Claude Lelouch, Seis días corrientes by Neus Ballús, Post Mortem by Péter Bergendy, The man who sold his skin by Kaouther Ben Hania, Shirley by Josephine Decker, among others. There will also be room for documentary films, with the international premiere of the uruguayan film Camino a Casa by Óscar Esteves, Buñuel, a surrealist filmmaker by Javier Espada and The truth about the Dolce Vita by Giuseppe Pedersoli.


On the occasion of the avant-premiere of Pedersoli's film, a retrospective will be held on the master of Italian cinema, Federico Fellini. Emblematic films by the award-winning director will be screened, such as 8 ½, I vitelloni and, of course, La Dolce Vita.


The event is organized by the Municipal Government of Maldonado, again with programming by Daniela Cardarello. The authorities maintain the firm proposal to recreate a privileged space for the dissemination of cinematographic culture in addition to maintaining the Festival's position as an event of singular attraction within the cultural tourism offer, trying to have a wide audience that includes the local , national and regional.


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