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Speaker: Andrés Di Tella, Filmmaker
Moderated by: Ignacio Azcueta, PhD Candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures
A conversation with filmmaker Andrés Di Tella on his latest feature-length film, Ficción Privada (2020). The movie will be offered for free through streaming one day before the event to pre-registered participants. This event is part of the DRCLAS Film Series The Present of Yesterday, curated by graduate students Rodrigo del Rio and Ignacio Azcueta.
Andrés Di Tella has directed twelve feature-length films: Montoneros, una historia, Macedonio Fernández, Prohibido, La televisión y yo, Fotografías, El país del Diablo, Hachazos, ¡Volveremos a las montañas!, Máquina de sueños, El ojo en el cielo, 327 cuadernos and Ficción privada. His work spans video art, installations and performance pieces, as well as TV documentaries. Hachazos (Caja Negra, 2011) is also a non-fiction book. Forthcoming is a book of extracts from his notebooks, titled Cuaderno (Entropía, 2020, in press).
Retrospectives of his work have been held at the Centro Cultural Rojas of the University of Buenos Aires (2007); Filmoteca de Catalunya of Barcelona (2008); Filmoteca Española of Madrid (2009); Festival de Lima (2009); Cines del Sur, Granada (2011); Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo (2011); E Tudo Verdade at Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia (2012); Festival dei Popoli, Florence (2012), Universidad Católica, Santiago de Chile (2013), Tabakalera Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, San Sebastián (2015), Filmoteca de Galicia, A Coruña (2015), Casa de América, Madrid (2016).
He was the founder in 1999 of the Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (BAFICI), considered by many the principal film event in Latin America. From 2002 to 2012, he was the Artistic Director of the Princeton Documentary Festival, at Princeton University, where he has also been a visiting professor. He currently teaches film at the art department of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.
Ignacio Azcueta is a PhD candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. He specializes in contemporary Latin American literature and film. His dissertation "Nostalgic Detectives: Narratives of research in contemporary Latin American Literature and Film (1996-2020)" explores the use of archival materials in contemporary Latin American literature and film, in order to understand their ethical and political interventions on history and memory.