Cartagena Fest to Honor Filmmakers Pablo Trapero and Kim Ki-duk

Pablo Trapero (left) and Kim Ki-duk (right)

FICCI 55 will offer retrospectives of their work and hold open conferences with both filmmakers.

BUENOS AIRES – The Cartagena Film Festival (FICCI), the longest-running one in Latin America, said Monday that its 55th edition will honor South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk and New Argentine Cinema pioneer Pablo Trapero, featuring retrospectives of their work and public conferences.  

An boundless auteur since his 1996 debut film Crocodile, Kim Ki-duk has collected awards at major film festivals such as Berlin, Locarno, San Sebastian and Venice, where his latest film, One on One, picked up the Fedeora Award. Last year in Busan, Ki-duk offered 1 million won ($10,000) to anyone who guesses the events that inspired One on One, a film about seven murder suspects and their links with terrorism.

Ki-duk's retrospective will feature six films: Samaritan Girl, The IslePieta, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring, The Bow and 2004 Venice winner 3-Iron. The latter will be screened at 6 p.m. March 15 at the Adolfo Mejía Theater, after which the director will be presented with an India Catalina honorary award and will take questions from the audience.

A pioneer filmmaker of New Argentine Cinema in the late '90s, Trapero has established himself as one of Latin America’s top director-producers, and his upcoming thriller The Clan is one of the most expected films in Argentina for 2015. His retrospective will screen his opera prima Crane World, and Cannes premieres El bonaerenseCarancho and White Elephant. Trapero, who sat as jury president of Cannes' Un Certain Regard last year, will also be presented with an India Catalina in a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. March 13 at the Adolfo Mejía Theater.

Trapero and Ki-duk will join previously announced attendee Darren Aronofsky as the festival’s top international guests.

The 55th Cartagena Film Festival runs March 11-17 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.