The Human Rights Office invites all citizens to participate of Asterisco Film Festival

INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ON SEXUAL DIVERSITY

ABOUT US

WITHOUT BORDERS

ASTERISCO is an international film festival about sexual diversity. It is to celebrate the diverse and many ways of being and loving in the world; forming relationships and families, and living in equality and with respect for differences.

ASTERISCO is a film festival whose natural place is Argentina, where full citizenship includes everyone. It is country seen around the world as one that is at the vanguard of civil rights, with laws covering same-sex marriage, gender identity and access to assisted fertilization. These are laws that without restricting the rights of anyone, have widened the recognition for sectors of society that have been historically marginalized, such as the lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual and intersexual population. These are laws that in order to be fully applied require profound cultural changes and it is there that cultural and artistic expression can help break down symbolic boundaries that still separate the minority from the majority in our society.

ASTERISCO, the name of the festival, is a declaration of principles. The * is a way to include diversity in language, the use of the * avoids demarking gender in the Spanish language and is a strategy to include all identities.

ASTERISCO is a festival destined to cross frontiers, to thrill those are unprepared and move those in fear, because that is what film does - it makes us experience for ourselves something that seems to be so distant. For over an hour we live and experience a part of the world that we did not believe ourselves to be in.

ASTERISCO is a meeting point for filmmakers, activists and the public where everyone can unfold their questions and concerns. We will find some answers, but above all we will find new questions to ask.

Albertina Carri

Albertina Carri is, in order of appearance: daughter of the revolutionaries Ana Maria Caruso and Roberto Carri, murdered during the last military dictatorship; screenwriter, producer and film director; lesbian, mother, and the wife of Marta Dillon. She believes that music is God, that only art will save the world, and that cinema is a machine of mass destruction of common sense. She feels honoured, overwhelmed, happy and expectant with the challenge of being the artistic director of Asterisco, the LGBTIQ film festival of his beloved country.

INVENTING THE INVENTORY

There has been a paradigm shift in Argentina in recent years, with changes to the law considering sexual diversity as a human right, promoting same-sex marriage and gender identity laws as a basis for social change. It must also be reflected in renewing cultural policies too.

It is in this context that a film festival in line with the laws that are setting a precedent in the world for having been based in the strong dialogue between organisations, civil society and the State. Film was the art form that experienced the 20th century and which reinvented itself in the new millennium to generate new screens, enthusiasms, and new visions both in front and behind the screen.

Festivals are eclectic meeting points and points of communion for intense interchange between filmmakers, journalists and the public. But above all it is the possibility to open an audiovisual lane to represent collective, sexual, sensual and social desire and that can intellectually include all society.

For these reasons it is important to recuperate film as a meeting point, a place to connect and offer visibility to a community’s sensibility. An international festival allows us to continue looking beyond, to see diversity with no boundaries or frontiers, to keep broadening the map of identities. That is why we have to keep searching for cinema that provide an inventory of what exists, but also show what does not exist and what is still invisible.

Diego Trerotola

It was a love of cinema and a career test that lead him to film criticism, which he has done avidly since 1995. His writings on film have been published in Argentina, South Korea, Spain, Holland and Poland. His passion for the Film Club, created by Octavio Fabiano, found a channel as curator for film and video exhibitions, until he was invited to be planner for Mar del Plata festival and Bafici. He is has been an activist with Argentina Homosexual Community (CHA). He has written for the magazine El Amante for over a decade and in the Soy supplement in Pagina/12 newspaper since it was founded. He acted in the video El mató a un policía motorizado, he played and sang in 107 faunos concerts and is in the football team on the cover of an album by Bestia Bebé. He was summoned as Jury of the TED Award at Berlinale, after his outstanding work in Asterisco 2014.

BEING LOVED

ASTERISCO evolves as a public initiative, as a way of extending the political victories to the cultural and symbolic field. It could be argued that cultural barriers will not be automatically broken as a result of these kind of events, but nor must we underestimate the power of the symbolic. Only 30 years ago, the last civil servant who censured Argentine film said, in public, that thanks to his work our society had not had ‘problems of homosexuality.’ And only 15 years ago, the first attempt to organise a festival about sexual diversity, because the public institutions would not fund it. In between these two anecdotes there is also a third. Upon seeing the gay pride march in the film El Censor (Calgagno, 1995), Raul Alfonsín asked a friend – under his breath – if ‘that’ represented the advent of democracy. It is clear that for the dictatorship’s civil servant, but also those who followed him, the ‘problem’ begins with visibility. And it is exactly that quality that first defines any audiovisual festival.

There is another quality that is necessary but that is not a given: it must be developed. It is not enough to look for films that allow us to tick all the right thematic boxes. The real task consists in the challenge of prioritising the artistic quality over the activist’s conviction, in finding films that use its natural visibility to touch the soul of its subject. Years ago the critic Alejandro Ricagno wrote: ‘We do not want to be accepted; we want to be loved.’ That is what it is about.

Fernando Peña

Cinema historian, collector, teacher and programmer. He has tried to set up a National Film Library, but so far has been unable to. While he waits for that project to happen, he has built a blue tower in the depths of the suburbs of Buenos Aires to keep his personal film collection. He lives alongside things that no longer exist. He admits to being slightly overwhelmed representing the heterosexual minority in this festival but promises to do everything he can.


VIOLETA UMAN

Violeta studied Image and Sound Design in Universidad de Buenos Aires. She was part of the group LesGaiCineMad (Festival Internacional de Cine Gai Lésbico y Transexual de Madrid) and was Coordinator of the Latin American region of Red de Cine LGBT. Violeta is Co-Founder of Asociación Civil y Cultural “Brandon”. An association that produces many and various cultural activities and of course, the famous Brandon parties. She has worked in the production and direction of numerous audiovisual projects.

She is certain that films can change the world, and agrees with Cheshire’s Cat on the matter that you will always get somewhere, if you walk long enough.

RITA FALCÓN

Rita Falcón has a Bachelor's Degree in Art Studies (UBA). Between 2009 and 2013 she worked as a programmer in Pay-TV network I.Sat.

In 2012 she co-founded www.cinemargentino.com, a non profit video library of Argentinian Films, that was declared of Cultural Interest by the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires and the Senate.

She currently manages digital distribution at Energía Entusiasta.

She's proud of being a part of Asterisco for the second year in a row, and to work towards making the festival bigger and stronger.


Staff

Artistic Director: Albertina Carri

Programmers: Albertina Carri, Fernando Martín Peña, Diego Trerotola

Producers: Violeta Uman, Rita Falcón

Consultora de producción: Laura Citarella

Administrative Production: Fernanda Gimenez

Business Producer: Mateo Bendesky

Programming and Venues Coordinator: Eugenia Campos Guevara

Assistant Producers: Vic Posse, Lizzania Sanchez

Guest Office: Santiago Rodrigo Hilara

Guest office Staff: Max Woellert, Christian Jankowski

Design: Ale Ros

Assistant Designer: Silvia Canosa

Programming: El imperio de los sentidos, Leandro Listorti

Curator:  Emilie Jouvet , Sebastián Freire

Catalogue and Program Guide Editors: Sol Santoro D’Stefano Agustín Mango

Editorial Design: Alejandro Ros, Cecilia Loidi

Correction: Micaela Berguer

Translation: Juan Pablo Martínez

Web: Juan Ignacio Jankowski, Lis Altamirano, Alan Paemaa

Press: Cris Zurutuza

Digital Communication: Carla Sanguineti

Spot: Juan Pablo Zaramella

Inscription Illustration: Luciano Vecchio

Design and production of gift bags: Juan Ignacio Jankowski, Lis Altamirano

Technical Coordinator: Carolina Rolandi

Technical Team: Lucas Iaccarino, Julián Tagle

Sound Assistant: Arián Frank

Film Traffic: Luciana Schnir

Subtitles: Copia Cero

Subtitle Supervisor: Karen Bennett