“Goa, Career and the Ghost of Buñuel” by Spain’s José Luis López Linares won the best film award out of 15 entries in competition at the Arca Films on Art.
López was presented with the prized ARCA Award, a bronze sculpture designed and crafted by renowned Uruguayan artist Pablo Achugari whose foundation is the main patron of the festival. The second edition of the festival ran from January 2-7.
Expressing his happiness and gratitude for winning the award, Lopez said in a video message: “The film starts with Goa and ends with Goa through the memories of a career who loved Spain and the Spanish deeply. He had a great collaboration and, above all, a deep friendship with Buñuel.”
In the documentary, the late French screenwriter, writer and playwright Jean-Claude Carrière, known as the co-writer of Spain’s foremost Surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel, responds in a few perfect but penetrating sentences to some of Goa’s greatest works of art, exploring the painter’s personal background, humble Per sympathy, as seen in his analysis of Goa’s “summer” (depicted), and positions itself as a revolutionary means ahead of its time, anticipating the revolt against rationalism embodied in Surrealism.
Sold by Reservoir Docs, “Goya, Carrière and the Ghost of Buñuel” is produced by France’s Mondex Films and Milonga Productions, Spain’s López-Li Films and Zampa Audiovisual and Portugal’s Fado Filmes.
The festival once again reported a massive turnout. “Considering that there were only 15 films in competition, we saw approximately 4,500 people attend the screenings, each free screening reaching 70% to 90% capacity,” festival co-executive producer Andres Varela said, adding that Jury César Charlon was the winner due to the high quality of the controversial film. It’s hard to choose.
The new festival comes at an inauspicious time when some changes have been noticed since the beginning of the year. As of January 1, the Film Institute of Uruguay (INCAU) was transformed into the Film Agency of Uruguay, ACAU (Agencia de Cine y Audiovisual de Uruguay).
According to producer Lucia Gaviglio, president of the Uruguayan producer association, Asoprod, the ACAU “will work with a board of directors made up of representatives from the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Economy, a member from the private sector. and its president, Facundo Ponce de Leon.
“This is the result of a process that started in the middle of last year. Azoprod has been closely involved in ensuring that the basic rules that support the production of Uruguayan goods are in place,” he added.
“The main difference with an agency and an institute is that an organization will have more freedom to secure funding from alternative sources, i.e. private investors, aside from state funding,” he noted.