BAFICI 2009, The city's Independent Film Festival
The eleventh edition of Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (BA Independent Film Festival) also known as BAFICI, organized by the Ministerio de Cultura de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires and directed by Sergio Wolf, will take place between March 25th and April 5th. The festival will screen 417 movies and short films in cinemas throughout the city. The jury for the International Section of Competition includes acclaimed director Claire Denis, screenwriter/writer Alan Pauls, film critic Kent Jones, actor Alberto Barbera and producer Jaime Romandia. The opening night film, Gigante, directed by Adrian Biniez, is an Argentine/Uruguayan co-production that garnered three awards at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival this year. Some of the titles that make up this year's program are: 35 shots of rhum, by renowned French director Claire Denis (Chocolat, Nénette et Boni, Beau travail); Filmefobia (Brazil, 2008) a movie about fears by filmmaker Kiko Goifman, who last year presented Handerson e as horas; Examined Life (Canada, 2008) by Astra Taylor, about present existence on a tour along the 5th Avenue; Shirin (Iran, 2008) by Abbas Kiarostami (Through the Olive Trees, A Taste of Cherry, Y The Wind Will Carry Us) presented at the 65th Venice Film Festival, a homage to Iranian women; the second film by Chilean director Sebastián Silva, La Nana (Chile-Mexico, 2009) winner as best International Drama Film at the Sundance Festival; Une autre homme (2008) by Swiss director Lionel Baier , about the relation between a famous film critic and a novice in the medium; Milestones (United States, 1975) the documentary by Robert Kramer (Guns, À toute allure, Notre nazi) about writer Grace Paley and her particular vision on Vietnam war; Awaydays (United Kingdom, 2008) by Pat Holden based on the novel by Sampson's; Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (Japan, 2008) by animation master Hayao Miyazaki (Sen and the Mysterious Disappearance of Chihiro, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle); and 16 Memorias (Colombia, 2008) by Camilo Botero Jaramillo, a movie about the family films of the Posada Saldarriagas in Medellín, among many other titles. The Argentine films in contention for the International Prize include Julia Solomonoff's sophomore debut, El último Verano de la Boyita, Matías Piñeiro's Todos Mienten and Iván Fund's La Risa. Some of these filmmakers will be present at Festival.
Aliance Francaise: Avenida Cordoba 946
Arteplex Duplex Caballito: Avenida Rivadavia 5050
Atlas Santa Fe: Avenida Santa Fe 2015
Open Air Screenings: Pasaje Carlos Gardel 3100 / Plaza San Martín de Tours (Schiaffino & Posadas)
Espacio BAFICI: Guardia Vieja 3332
Hoyts Abasto: Avenida Corrientes 3247
Malba Cine: Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415
Teatro 25 de Mayo: Avenida Triunvirato 4444
Teatro Gral. San Martín: Avenida Corrientes 1530 Piso 10º - Sala Leopoldo Lugones.
Tickets: $8 pesos (US 2.15)
Tickets can be purchased online between March 18-25 at www.festivales.gob.ar or at the following locations from 10 am to 10 pm:
Casa de la Cultura (Avenida de Mayo 575 PB)
Hoyts Abasto (Avenida Corrientes 3247, Abasto Shopping)
Hard Rock Café (Avenida Pueyrredón 2101, Recoleta)
During the festival tickets can be purchased online at www.bafici.gov.ar or at all the venues of the festival. There will be some special activities with free entrance at Hoyts Abasto and free concerts at Teatro 25 de Mayo. Free tickets must be picked up on the day of the performances. For more information, schedules and programs, visit BAFICI 2009 official website.