Published Thursday, September 10, 2020
Costa Rican classic cinema in
celebration of independence day
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The Ministry of Culture announces the presentation of classic cinema made in Costa Rica, as part of the activities to celebrate Independence Day.
This serves as an option for the cancelation of traditional activities such as parades, dances and fireworks due to the pandemic
Despite the holiday, the movies screened are not related to the independence of the country, which is a way to show the Costa Rican culture.
September 15 marks 199 years since Guatemala City hosted a congress of criollos in 1821 where they enacted the Act of Independence of Central America. From that moment on, Costa Rica was no longer under the rule of Spain and formed part of the Federation of Central America.
This year, by presidential decree, the holiday for the celebration of independence is moved a day early, from Tuesday, Sept. 15 to Monday, Sept. 14. This change will allow people to take a long three-day weekend (from Friday to Monday) and hopefully enjoy local tourism.
The classic films produced in Costa Rica will be presented on the government channel Television de Costa Rica, local channel number 13, on Fridays, at 9 p.m., with repetition on Saturdays, at 4:30 p.m.
The programming of the movies during this month are:
• On September 11, the movie featured will be the silent film, "The Return." This is the first Costa Rican fiction film, which was filmed in 1930, directed by Albert-Francis Bertoni, of Italian nationality, and produced by Costa Rica’s Mario Urbini.
This is a typical love story of the time. Rodrigo, the main character, is in love with Eugenia, his cousin. They both live in the country. Rodrigo has to go to the capital to study, where he meets Cupido Delgado, a man from the city who introduces him to many women. Rodrigo is dazzled by his friend's city adventures and, in general, by the life of the city. He enjoys multiple adventures, but, after a love disappointment, he returns to the arms of his beloved Eugenia.
• On September 18, the first Costa Rican sound film "Elvira" will be screened. It was filmed in 1955 and directed by Alfonso Patiño Gómez.
The director, Patiño Gómez, was the producer of the spanish film “Ensayo de un Crimen” by the director Luis Buñuel. The Costa Rican film was also shot by cameraman Máx List, who was also Rodolfo Valentino's cameraman.
The movie is about how Alberto, a young employee from a wealthy family, falls in love with Elvira, the daughter of his boss. Social differences and prejudices of the time separate them. Alberto is fired but he manages to become a great writer, and returns to claim Elvira's love.
• On September 25, the environmentally conscious film "Agony of the Mountain" will screen. It was filmed in 1973 and directed by Costa Rican director Ingo Niehaus.
The film is about the disappearance of the forests in the country because of industrialism, which creates a greater demand for wood, and the necessary expansion of livestock and agriculture. These are in turn causing the destruction of forests.
The complete list of films and their screen dates can be reached on the following link to the website of the Ministry of Culture.
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