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2016 Costa Rica International Film Festival Celebrates a “Certain Women”: Kelly Reichardt Receives Retrospective

For its 2016 edition, the Costa Rica International Film Festival has selected American filmmaker Kelly Reichardt for a retrospective, which will include a screening of her latest celebrated title, Certain Women (which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last January). The film won the best film award at the London Film Festival in October, and Reichardt was notably nominated for best director at the Independent Spirit Awards. The fest will show River of Grass (1994), Old Joy (2006), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek’s Cutoff (2010), and Night Moves (2013).

Compared to last year, the program has increased its slate (from 64 titles in 2015 to 72), while the CRFIF continues to showcase regional cinema by unveiling two distinctive line-ups, a Central American Competition and an International Competition. In the international realm, several notable entries have premiered at previous festivals (Mohamed Diab’s Clash premiered at 2016’s Un Certain Regard line-up in Cannes, for instance). Last year’s top prize in this section went to Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent, while Best Central American film was a tie awarded to Ana V. Boroquez and Lucia Carreras for The Greatest House in the World and Esteban Ramirez for Imprisoned.

The festival takes place in city of San Jose from Dec. 8th-17th. Here is the line-up:

Central American Competition

Abrazame como antes – Jurgen Urena – Costa Rica

El sonido de las cosas – Ariel Escalante – Costa Rica

Los ofendidos – Marcela Zamora – El Salvador – Mexico

La felicidad del sonido – Ana Endara – Panama

Es hora de enamorarse – Guido Bilbao – Panama

La sombra del naranjo – Patricia Velasquez and Oscar Herrera – Costa Rica

International Competition

Alba – Ana Cristina Barragan – Ecuador

The Blind Christ – Christopher Murray – Chile

The Future Perfect – Nele Wohlatz – Argentina

Tarde para la ira – Raul Arevalo – Spain

The Girl Without Hands – Sebastian Laudenbach – France

Clash – Mohamed Diab – Egypt/France

Radio Dreams – Babak Jalali – Iran/USA

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea – Dash Shaw – USA

La tempestad – Tatiana Huezo – Mexico

The Land of the Enlightened – Pieter-Jan De Pue – Belgium/Netherlands/Ireland

Memories of a Penitent Heart – Cecilia Aldarondo – Puerto Rico/USA

All These Sleepless Nights – Michal Marczak – Poland

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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