Pablo Álvarez Mesa
2018 - Essay - 43 min

Homegrown cinema


Canada, Colombia

Two Hundred years after Simon Bolivar’s liberation campaign in Colombia, BICENTENARIO retraces Bolivar’s journey across the Country, searching for his ghost still present in the contested territory. Creatively intersecting the traditions of landscape film, oral traditions, and political essay, BICENTENARIO cinematically reveals the collision of history and myth inscribed on the territory of what would become an inevitably failed state – the Great Colombia.


As part of the Cinéastes cœur à cœur series, we have invited Pablo Álvarez Mesa to select one of his favourite films from the contemporary Canadian cinema repertoire. He has chosen Malena Szlam’s ALTIPLANO. Both films will be presented as a double bill on Wednesday, June 22nd, 20h30. The screening will be followed by a discussion between the two filmmakers. 

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