Fernando Martin Peña - Fernando Martín Peña

Fernando Martin Peña
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Birth November 12, 1968 (52 years)
Argentina's flag Buenos Aires , Argentina
nationality Argentina
Educated in National School of Cinematographic Experimentation and Production View and modify data on Wikidata
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Fernando Martín Peña ( Buenos Aires , December from November of 1968 ) is a critic, teacher, researcher, collector and disseminator of film and television presenter Argentina .


In the 1970s his father worked in an advertising agency and brought him 16mm copies of advertisements, and when he was 8 he was given a Super 8 projector . [ 1 ] Thus began his love for cinema and movies.

In 1991 he graduated from the Experimental Center for Filmmaking (Cerc, today called the National School for Filmmaking and Experimentation , Enerc) in the Critical and Research orientation [ 2 ] . In 1993 he founded the film magazine Film , which he co-directed together with Paula Félix Didier, Sergio Wolf and Aldo Paparella until 1998. In 1994, together with Octavio Fabiano, he created the Filmoteca Buenos Aires, a private entity dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of cinema, to the that shortly after the collector Fabio Manes joined them . In addition, Peña was a friend of the Uruguayan critic Homero Alsina Thevenet -from whom he inherited his library-, of the film clubSalvador Sammaritano and researcher Jorge Miguel Couselo . He regards all three as his teachers. [ 3 ]

He was the producer of three television series, among them Caloi en su tinta , hosted by Caloi , and one of the founders of the Association for the Support of Audiovisual Heritage (Aprocinain), which rescued nearly 300 Argentine films that were at risk of being lost. [ 4 ] He was one of the promoters of the regulation of Law 25,119, passed in 1999, which created the national cinematheque. [ 5 ]

Since 2002 Peña is the head of the cinema area of ​​the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (Malba). Between November 2004 and December 2007 he was director of the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (Bafici). [ 6 ] He is a regular contributor to the Mar del Plata International Film Festival .

As a researcher, Peña recovered several films that were considered lost or incomplete. In 1997 he put together a copy of Los traidores (1973), by Raymundo Gleyzer , from fragments buried in different houses. [ 7 ] In 2008 he found in the Pablo Ducrós Hicken Cinema Museum a 16 mm copy of the film Metropolis , which, although it did not present the complete footage, did include most of it, which meant the incorporation of 26 practically unpublished minutes since its premiere in 1927. [ 8 ] In 2009 he found in the Museum of the End of the World , in Ushuaia, several short shorts by cartoonist Quirino Cristiani , whose work was considered totally lost. [ 9 ] In 2013 he discovered a version of the short El herrero , by Buster Keaton , with scenes that do not appear in the original version of 1922. [ 10 ] He also recovered and preserved a complete version of the collective production Argentina, May 1969 : the path of liberation . And in 2013 he found a longer copy of Los inundados (1962), by Fernando Birri .

Since December 2006, he has been conducting the Filmoteca film series , film themes at midnight on Argentine Public TV , in which between 2007 and 2013 he was accompanied by Fabio Manes, who died in 2014. Since 2015 he joined as a guest at several opportunities the critic Roger Koza, who from 2016 is co-host of the program with Peña.

Peña also programs the free film library Filmoteca live, in the Enerc room - the institution where he teaches - and created the Bazofi alternative festival as a section of the BAFICI festival ; Bazofi has grown in popularity from year to year and is now a fundamental part of BAFICI, being presented as the "dark and delusional reverse" of the main event. In both the films are screened exclusively on film.

Published books

  • Gag: comedy in the cinema (1895-1930) (Byblos, 1991)
  • Leopoldo Nilsson Tower (Publishing Center of Latin America, 1993)
  • René Mugica (Latin America Publishing Center, 1993)
  • Cinema burns: Raymundo Gleyzer (De la Flor editions, 2000). In collaboration with Carlos Vallina .
  • Super Action Cinema (Norma publishing house, 2001). In collaboration with Diego Curubeto .
  • Generations 60/90 (Malba, 2003). Editor.
  • Cinema burns: Jorge Cedrón (Altamira - Bafici, 2003)
  • Metropolis (Fan editions, 2011)
  • One Hundred Years of Argentine Cinema (Biblos, 2012)
  • Cinema is a car and a poem (Eudeba, 2013). In collaboration with Máximo Eseverri .


  • HOW THE GARDEL EXILE WAS MADE (Argentina-2010), by Fernando Martín Peña.
  • PEAJE (Argentina, 2000/2010) by Roly Rauwolf, c / Raúl Perrone and Fernando Martín Peña.


  1. ^ "Movie hunters" . June 1st, 2013.
  2. «ENERC graduates» .
  3. ^ "Life in shadows: a conversation with Fernando Martín Peña" . January 25, 2013. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014 . Retrieved April 8, 2014 .
  4. ^ "Argentina lost a large part of its film archive" . September 27, 2003.
  5. «Cristina signed the decree of regulation of the national cinematheque» . August 30, 2010. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014 . Retrieved April 8, 2014 .
  6. "The BAFICI was left without a director" . December 22, 2007.
  7. Stantic, Lita: Some reflections on the Argentine political and testimonial cinema of the last thirty years . Diario Página / 12 (21-01-2000).
  8. ^ "Missing scenes from Fritz Lang's Metropolis found in Argentina" . July 3, 2008.
  9. ^ "A valuable material from the End of the World heritage was screened in Ushuaia" . August 21, 2012.
  10. "The partner of silence" . July 28, 2013.

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