by Sophie barr, contributing blogger
Following in the footsteps of the successful London Latin American Film Festival, Argentina is bringing a superb collection of its films to British shores. Running from the 19th-22nd April 2012, the Argentine Film Festival in London is the first of its kind, and has all the potential to plant a firm foothold in London’s cinematic scene. The impressive and diverse programme clearly demonstrates the festival’s aim to present new cinematic talent that has been growing in Argentina, talent which is ‘very much alive and kicking’.
Though it’s hard to pick favourites from such a strong line-up, keep an eye out for the series of four silent films from the 1920’s (Film Revista Valle, Mi alazán tostao, La vuelta al bulín, Mosaico criollo), showcasing some of Argentina’s earliest forays into film; such an opportunity to watch precious early footage is rare. Argentines will also be delighted to see Sebastián Borenzstein’s 2011 hit, Chinese Take-Away (Un Cuento Chino), bestowed with the honour of opening the festival. The festival also notes an opportunity to display young Argentine acting talent in two bittersweet tales of adolescence, The Last Summer of La Boyita (El último verano de la boyita) and Back to Stay (Abrir Puertas y Ventanas). A final film to note is the London Premiere of The Mugger (El asaltante), a gritty urban film by Pablo Fenrik that will surely have just as much resonance amongst UK audiences as it did in Argentina in 2007.
As an event that not only celebrates Argentine cinema, but also Argentine culture beyond the screen, aficionados can expect exciting music events and special guests post-film.
The Argentine Film Festival takes place at the Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton SW2 1JG, April 19th – 22nd 2012. Adult ticket per screening £10.50, student concessions are available. Website: www.argentinefilmfestival.com