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Marco Bechis guest at the Buenos Aires International Book Fair
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Marco Bechis guest at the Buenos Aires International Book Fair

Categories: Culture and creativity -Literature and Publishing
Guest of honour on the Fair’s Italian Day, the writer and director presents his book La Solutudine e il sovversivo (Solitude and the Subversive).
Marco Bechis alla Fiera Internaziole del Libro di Buenos Aires. Foto tratta dal sito dell’Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

From 28 April to 16 May, the Italian Cultural Institute of Buenos Aires will be at the Buenos Aires International Book Fair with its Stand Italia dedicated to three Italian writers whose centenary we are commemorating this year:  Giorgio Manganelli, Beppe Fenoglio and Pier Paolo Pasolini.

The latter of the three is the subject of the book by Marcelo González Magnasco entitled Pasolini. El penúltimo revolucionario: a collection of texts on the artist, by various authors, published by UNA .

For fans of contemporary Italian fiction, there are also two events on the Strega Prize, organized by Michela Caiazzo, and the presentation of the book: Versi dell’amore cieco (Verses of Blind Love) by Giovanni Catelli in bilingual edition, published by Ediciones en Danza, edited by Pablo Ingberg and Javier Cofreces.

On the Fair’s Italian Day on 2 May, there is the presentation of La solitudine del sovversivo (Solitude and the Subversive) by the writer and director Marco Bechis, who talks with the former desaparecida Alejandra Naftal and Vera Vigevani Jarach, one of the mothers of Plaza de Mayo.

Marco Bechis was born in Santiago de Chile to a Chilean mother of Swiss-French descent and an Italian father. He grew up between São Paulo and Buenos Aires, where he later became a primary school teacher. In 1977, at the age of twenty, he was kidnapped for political reasons and imprisoned in a basement in Buenos Aires, remaining “desaparecido” for a short period. Having survived this episode, he arrived in Milan and attended the Albedo film school. After long periods in New York, Los Angeles and Paris, in 1982 in Milan he made Desaparecidos, dove sono? (Desaparecidos, where are they?), a video installation on an Argentine concentration camp. Starting from this work, several years later, in 1999, he made the film Garage Olimpo. His films Barbed Wire (1991), Figli/Hijos (2001), Birdwatchers (2008), Il sorriso del capo (2011), Il rumore della memoria (2015), have won numerous international awards.

As part of the appearance by writer and director Marco Bechis as special guest of the Book Fair, the Italian Cultural Institute of Buenos Aires will screen his films Barbed Wire (1991) and Il rumore della memoria (2015).

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