By the time Juana Bignozzi died in 2015 she had spent the final decade of her life in her home country, after 30 years of exile in Barcelona. The Argentinian poet left her work, universally acclaimed in Spanish-language circles, to the young journalist and poet Mercedes Halfon who – quite understandably – felt compelled to do this inheritance justice. She got support from El Pampero Cine, a team of female filmmakers revolving around Laura Citarella (La mujer de los perros, Tiger Competition 2015).

What starts as a charming research film in which you can recognise, for example, the influence of El Pampero Cine's La Flor (How do you film poetry? How do you reconstruct a life?) develops into much more than that in an elegant edit. Because once the character of Juana Bignozzi enters the film, her strong personality and poetry come to life in whatever language – thereby proving cinema's strength.

Screenings

  • Mon 27 Jan Pathé 6
    With Q&A
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  • Tue 28 Jan KINO 2
    With Q&A
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  • Tue 28 Jan Cinerama 4
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  • Wed 29 Jan Cinerama 5
    With Q&A
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International title
The Poets Visit Juana Bignozzi
Filmmaker
Laura Citarella, Mercedes Halfon
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Argentina
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
90’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Ingrid Pokropek
Sales
El Pampero Cine
Cinematography
Inés Duacastella, Agustín Mendilaharzu
Editor
Miguel de Zuviría, Alejo Moguillansky
Sound Design
Marcos Canosa
Music
Gabriel Chwojnik