April 5, 2012 ·

BAFICI 2012 – Buenos Aires Annual Indie Film Festival

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BAFICI 2012

12 days. 450 films, of which 111 are Argentine.

Starting from Wednesday April 11, there will be many different independent films of all genres from all around the world showing in 11 different locations in the city.

On the BAFICI official site you can view the whole schedule and search by day, location, film, director and genre. This way, you can choose the ones you would like to watch that suit your schedule. Tickets are AR $15 (AR $13 if you are a student or a retired person by presenting the required document) To purchase the tickets, you can buy them online here, or you can get them at the box offices of most of the venues. At the venue Parque Centenario Amphitheatre, there will also be outdoor movie screenings for free! You can check out the schedule here.

Among the many films available at this festival, one of the most anticipated ones is no doubt Jafar Panahi’s This is Not a Film, an Iran citizen who was condemned to six years in prison and prohibited to film for twenty more years because of his politic views. Nevertheless, Panahi was brave enough to film his testimony and smuggle it out of the country to produce this film with so much cultural value.

Moreover, if you want to take advantage of being in Argentina and watch local independent films, this is definitely your chance to do it. We have as many as 111 Argentine movies to choose from this year. Not only that, there’s at least one Argentine film taking part in pretty much every category of the official competition. All of the films have more than 1 scheduled screening, so you’ll have quite a lot of opportunity to catch them. Here are some that are worth checking out: Alejandro Fadel’s Los Salvajes, Maximiliano Schonfeld’s Germania, Gabriel Medina’s La Araña Vampiro, Gustavo Fontán’s La Casa, Ivo Aichenbaum’s La Parte Automática, Jonathan Perel’s 17 Monumentos, Diego Prado’s Al Cielo, Emiliano Jelicié and Pablo Klappenbach’s Ante La Ley, Inés de Oliveira Cézar’s Cassandra, José Luis García’s La Chica del Sur, Gonzalo Castro’s Dioramas, Luis Ortega’s Dromómanos, Nadir Medina’s El Espacio Entre Los Dos, Diego and Pablo Levy’s Masterplan, Juanma Brignole’s Mis Sucios 3 Tonos, Gastón Solnicki’s Papirosen, Mariano Luque’s Salsipuedes, Fernando Gatti’s Igual Si Llueve, and Gonzalo Tobal’s Villegas.

And to end this on a sweet note, I recommend that if you have children or need to babysit, you can take them to their own little movie festival, the BAFICITO with movies like Hirakawa’s Light of the River and Peter Dodd’s Freddy Frogface.

So sit back and enjoy because “Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.” (quote by Roman Polanski).

Agus

 

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