Funglode Film Festival in January 2017
The 2017 Dominican Global Cinema Festival will take place from 25 January to 1 February 2017 at the Palacio de Cine Blue Mall in Santo Domingo. There will be separate screenings in the Palacios del Cine in Santiago, Higüey and San Francisco de Macorís, and at the UASD state university campus in Nagua. The night of the stars event is scheduled for Cap Cana in the Punta Cana area.
The event, now in its 10th year, is organized by the Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo, former President Leonel Fernandez's think tank. At the event launch at the Fundación Global on Thursday 27 October 2016, it was announced that the festival would focus on documentaries with special selections in fashion, gastronomy, opera, workshops and master classes.
The 2017 festival is dedicated to Italy and an Italian cinema retrospective is being coordinated with the Instituto Luce – Cinecittá and the Bologna Cinemateca to present classics by great directors like Vittorio da Sica, Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Michelangelo Antonioni.
There will be a special award during the documentary competition as part of the event.
Two Spanish films pre-selected for the Oscars, "La Novia" by Paula Ortiz and "El Olivo" by Iciar Bollain will be screened this year, as well as the Puerto Rican film, "Antes que cante el gallo" and the documentary "La glace et le ciel", by Oscar winner Luc Jacquet, which was the closing film at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Former President Leonel Fernandez attended the launch, along with DGCine director Yvette Marichal, the president of the Dominican Association of Movie Industry Professionals (Adocine) Juan Basanta, and Manuel Corripio, representing the Palacio de Cine cinemas.*