Triangle of sadnesswinner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, opened the Feature film competition of the 13th edition of Jose Ignacio International Film Festivalwhich is sponsored by clarionin front of a crowd that celebrated the return of José Ignacio to the Bajada de los Pescadores.
A sign that the public continues to enjoy cinema on the big screen. The inauguration, this Saturday, January 14, of its 13th edition had a massive convocation: more than a thousand people filled José Ignacio’s Bajada de los Pescadores with deck chairs to see the new film by Reuben Ostlund.
The Swedish director’s feature film is one of six films in competition in this edition and was not only chosen to open the competition, but was also the film with which JIIFF returned to its most iconic space after two years.
In 2021 the festival was held entirely in drive-in mode due to the pandemic. And in 2022 the weather didn’t accompany it: the rain that didn’t let up for a week forced the organizers to move to a covered space.
In 2023, JIIFF and audiences were rewarded: not only did they return to Descent of the Fishermen to see the film that won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, they also did so on one of the best nights of the season.
JIIFF’s promise to see the best of international cinema, at sunset, in charming spaces of José Ignacio, remains intact and its followers – inhabitants of José Ignacio and vacationers who come from nearby towns – do not stop growing.
Parallel to the Feature Film Competition, the Uruguayan Short Film Competition has also been held for four editions, a program that every year gives visibility to new names in national production and production, and in collaboration with the Fundación Diciembre assigns a ticket to the Cannes Film Festival with the firm purpose of opening international doors to new Uruguayan filmmakers. The short film that opened this competitive section was Couples therapyby Joaquin Bravo.
At the end of the screening of the short and feature films in competition, the public took part in the other proposal of the evening: to be the jury of the scheduled productions through their vote. The more than a thousand jurors of this first weekend will know the verdict at the end of the festival, Sunday 22 January.
What’s new in this edition
Every edition of JIIFF finds something to surprise, even the most loyal viewer. This year, one of the novelties of the festival is the incorporation of a new venue, covered, which opens up the game to the screening possibilities of JIIFF. The VIK pavilion, located next to the La Susana restaurant, is the most intimate room of the JIIFF. It is a dazzling seafront space with a domed structure boasting a large terrace facing the beach.
From the hand of the Pavilion, comes the next novelty of this edition are the functions scheduled in double program, matinee and late night, with advance booking through the festival website. 300 spectators can participate in each function and despite having sold out all the locations in less than a week, the organization advises not to lose sight of one’s social networks: there are always opportunities to access them.
There are three films scheduled at the VIK Pavilion: the spirits of the islandby Martin McDonagh, screened this Sunday 15 in front of 500 people in its two shows; corsageand, by Marie Kreutzer, Tuesday 17; Y closeby Lukas Dhont, next Friday, January 20th.
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