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Country: Canada, Colombia
Year: 2020
Duration: 43'
Direction: Pablo Álvarez-Mesa
Cinematographer: Pablo Álvarez-Mesa
Editor: Pablo Álvarez-Mesa
Sound: Erin Elizabeth Ryan, Olga Cecilia Mesa, Galen Elfert, Christian Olsen
Production: Pablo Álvarez-Mesa


Summoning Simon Bolivar’s spirit in the exact places of the liberation battles across Colombia two hundred years ago, Bicentenario reveals the contemporary social rituals that perpetuate the ongoing violence residing deep within the political unconscious. Simon Bolivar’s legacy has become a mix of political mysticism, unquestioned doctrine and enigma — or perhaps a curse that has fixed itself in the collective imaginary of an entire continent. It is this curse that Bicentenario seeks to invoke, and perhaps exorcise. 

Pablo Álvarez-Mesa

Pablo Alvarez-Mesa is a filmmaker and cinematographer working mainly in non-fiction. His films have played at international film festivals including Rotterdam, Camden IFF, Hot Docs, Visions du Réel, and RIDM. His latest work, La pesca, won the prize for the best international short documentary film at Visions du Réel in 2017. He has also participated in Berlinale Talents and Canadian Film Centre (CFC) programmes. 

- Filmography:
Bicentenario (2020), La pesca (2017), Nuestro Monte Luna (2015), Speaking into the Air (2014), Jelena's Song (2010), Presidio Modelo (2009) 

International Film Festival Rotterdam, Camden International Film Festival, Muestra Internacional Documental de Bogotá, Berlinale, FICUNAM

Spanish premiere

Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
Organized by
With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes AudiovisualesAcción Cultural EspañolaPlan de Recuperación, Transformación y ResilienciaFinanciado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU
With the support of
Ayuntamiento de PamplonaCentro de Arte Contemporáneo de HuarteFundación Caja NavarraGoethe InstitutCanadá InternationalCasa ÁrabeCineteca MadridAsociación de Mujeres Cineastas y de Medios AudiovisualesInstitut FrançaisEmbajada de Portugal en MadridCamões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua Portugal
Member of
PantallaIberofestLa MestaThe Red Balloon
Filmoteca de Navarra
Museo Oteiza
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola
Festival de Cine Africano FCAT
Festival Scope
Centre Cinématographique Marocain
Hotel Tres Reyes
Hotel Maisonave
Cineteca Bologna
The Film Foundation
World Cinema Project
Cinemateca Portuguesa
Radio 3
Filmoteca Española
Festivals in Navarre
Punto de Vista
NIFF - Navarra International Film Festival
Navarra, tierra de cine
Ópera Prima
CTL 59
#LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival
Festival de Cine y Dentistas
Horror Online Art
FICBE (Festival Internacional de Cortos de Berriozar)
FAN, Festival de Anime de Navarra
Lo que viene
Muestra de cine español
Filmmaking for social change
Muestra Internacional de Cine y Mujeres de Pamplona

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