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With over 400 films being screened, and many by lesser-known talents, it’s often difficult to know what to buy tickets for at the BAFICI independent film festival.
This year’s program includes the competition films of course, and other thematic or highlighted sections:
Music: This is a classic BAFICI section in which mostly documentaries about music, bands and musicians are screened. Included in this melodious collection are screenings of a Led Zeppelin and a Pink Floyd Documentary at the Planetarium.
Panorama: An international section that features most of the independent A-liners and festival big hits. Included in this section this year (to name a few) are renowned Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami’s Like Someone in Love, Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage Beyond, and Centro Historico, a film potraiting Portugal, by four big-name directors Aki Kaurismäki, Pedro Costa, Victor Erice, and Manoel de Oliveira.
Trapero X 3: Those interested in Argentine film should check out this section that features short films and video clips by Pablo Trapero, one of Argentina’s most influential contemporary directors.
Vanguardia & Genero- Retro: This is the first year to showcase this collection of classic films that display a unique take on genre styles. Directors such as John Hughs, Martin Scorcese, Peter Bogdanovich and David Cronenberg are on the list.
Retrospectives: This year there will be an interesting selection of retrospectives including a special collection of Austrian vanguard films, an extensive display or renowned Argentine director Adolfo Aristarain’s filmography, screenings of Korean Hong Sansoo’s work, of the Swiss Erich Langjhar’s films and also a retrospective on Brazilian Julio Bressane. Also included in this section, will be Ernesto Diaz Espinosa and Ignacio Aguero, both Chilean directors.
BAFICI + FIPRESCI * 5 is a section dedicated to emblematic Argentine films. Amongst them are Mundo Grua by Pablo Trapero, Tan De Repente by Diego Lerman and Silvia Prieto by Martin Rejtman, that were all part of the New Argentine Film wave in the nineties. Other films to look out for are Historias Extraordinarias by Mariano Llinas and El Estudiante by Santiago Mitre.
Britania Lado B- LUX: This selection of British short films arrives on behalf of international art gallery LUX and features a selection of short films and video art by Duncan Campbell, Redmond Entwhistle and Vivienne Dick amongst others.
Cineastas de Nuestros Tiempos: This section is dedicated to documentaries made for Cinéastes et Cinéma about different emblematic filmmakers such as David Lynch, Cassavetes, Jean Vigo and Scorsese.
There is also a special selection of childrens films and Planetarium and outdoor screenings.
Find the full BAFICI film program here.