Film FestivalTuesday, April 1, 2014
BAFICI opens tomorrow with many international guests
The 16th Bafici Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival is ready ro start tomorrow with lots of international productions and three Argentine movies participating in the International Competition and.
Each year more and more people enjoy the different activities which include more than 400 films, free activities, exhibitions, talks and shows. Bafici runs from tomorrow through April 13.
International presence include Romanian filmmaker Corneliu Porumboiu (Bucarest 12:08, Policía, adjetivo) who brings The Second Game (closing show) and Cae la noche en Bucarest.
Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang (Vive l’amour, La nube errante) presents two films, starring Lee Kang-sheng: Stray Dogs — which received an award at Venice Film Festival — y Journey to the West.
Other well-known directors in competition are French Claude Lanzmann (Le dernier des injustes), US Jim Jarmusch (Only Lovers Left Alive) and Kelly Reichardt (Night Moves), Korean Hong Sang-soo (Our Sunhi), Canadian Denis Côté (Que ta joie demeure) and Japanesse Sono Sion (Why Don’t You Play in Hell?).
Algunas chicas by Santiago Palavecino, La salada by Juan Martín Hsu and Mauro by Hernán Rosselli participate in the International Competition, while on other 15 local productions share the Argentine Competition category.
The festival opens with the animated film The Congress by Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman, which premiered in Cannes 2013. Admission to watch The Congress is free, but limited to capacity, at the Anfiteatro del Parque Centenario (Gallardo y Marechal). At this same venue, other films will be screened free of charge along with live music by the Antigua Jazz Band, Marcelo Katz and Mudos por el Celuloide.
Other musicians and bands, such as La Pesada del Blues, Picaporters and Catarina Spinetta, will play in Pequeñas múscia nocturna, which offers a series of concerts at the Centro Cultural Recoleta (Junín 1930). These activities have no cost.
Some highlights includes the screening of French Artist Alain Resnais’ posthumous work Amar, beber y cantar, a tribute to British producer Warp and a selection of Gaellic films about the World War I centennial.
— Herald staff