By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey
This Thursday the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) program was revealed at a press conference in Centro Cultural Recoleta. The 16th BAFICI boasts over 400 films from all over the world and will take place from April 2nd to 13th, with movies competing in the International (18 films), Argentinian (15 films) and “Vanguard and Genre” (27 films) categories, while other sections such as “Sportivo BAFICI” and BAFICITO (aimed at younger audiences) will take place outside of the official competition.
The festival will open with Ari Folman’s new film The Congress (Israel) and close with Adrian Poromboiu’s film The Second Game (Poland). Panozzo underlined Israel as this year’s “guest of honor” at the festival, which will harness several movies from that country, including a retrospective of the work of Uri Zohar. International guests include Israeli Nadav Lapid, Brazilian Cao Guimares, the French Serge Bozon and Mehran Tamadon, the Americans Robert Fenz and David Zellner, Spanish Luis López Carrasco, Portuguese Rita Azevedo Gómez and more.
“We’re filled with pride for the Argentine selection,” said festival director Marcelo Panozzo, “This is a spectacular year for local cinema”. He also mentioned that the Ducrós Hicken Film Museum would be collaborating in the digitalization of several old movies. The festival will as usual be hosting the Buenos Aires Lab (BAL), in which “Works in Progress” will compete for funding.
San Telmo Productions’ documentary Goals for Girls (Mujeres con Pelotas) will be screening at Village Recoleta on Friday April 4th 8.40 PM with its directors Ginger Gentile and Gabriel Balanovsky in attendance, and again on Thurday April 10th at 2:25 PM and Sunday April 13th at 2:45 PM, also at the Village Recoleta.
Tcket sales will commence March 24th at the Village Recoleta multiplex at Vicente López and Junín, where the majority of festival movies will be screening, as well as in Casa de la Cultura in Av. de Mayo 575. The cost is $26, while students and seniors can purchase at $20. Activities scheduled at the Centenary Park Amphitheater, Centro Cultural Recoleta and Fundación Universidad del Cine will be free of charge and are subject to capacity.
Link to BAFICI’s official website:
Link to online ticket sales (available as of March 24):