BAFICI Independent Film Festival 2013

(Photo by Morgennebel)

The annual international independent film festival, better known as BAFICI, kicks off today with an abundance of colorful images from around the world, insightful documentaries, retrospectives, newcomers to the big screen, conferences, live music and more.

The festival has become one of the most important cultural events in the city ever since its first edition in 1999 and clearly expresses the industry’s boom, which saw its “rebirth” with the New Argentine Cinema wave in the nineties.  To commemorate this flourishing period in local film that brought local customs, social problems and the Argentine middle class to the screen, the festival will be screening a selection of representative films from this cultural movement.

At the Centro Cultural Recoleta there will also be screenings of short films by newcomers to the industry and live music at the auditorium to end every festival day.

Outdoor projections will also take place at the Anfiteatro Parque Centenario and there will be special screenings, including Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin documentaries, at the Planetarium.

The full festival program is available here.

Wine and Art at Vendimia en Boedo

(Photo by KimberlyGauthier)

Throughout the week, until Sunday the  29th of April, there will be a special festival celebrating  the Argentine grape harvest and wine industry. The event, Vendimia en Boedo,  will host wine tastings and conferences as well as exhibiting different artistic expressions related to viticulture.

This year´s theme is regions, with a special focus placed on terroir.

The festival will be taking place in the neighborhood of Boedo in Pan y Arte, Av. Boedo 880.

The program is as follows:

Tuesday

7pm: Conference about the Mendoza terroir by Gustavo Choren.

8.30pm: Wine tasting by Adriana Huck of Trapiche wines.

10pm: Live folklore music by Grupo Tinaja.

Wednesday

7pm: Wine tasting of 7 Vacas Reserva Malbec.

8.30pm: Conference ¨Territorios paralelos¨el mundo está en tus sentidos. (¨Parallel Territories¨ the world is in your senses).

10.30pm: Live music and Milonga.

Thursday

7pm: Wine tasting.

8.30pm: Poetry reading.

10.30pm: Live music- Latin Jazz.

Friday

7pm: Conference ¨El barrio como primer territorio¨(The Neighborhood as the First Territory), followed by a wine tasting.

9pm-11pm: Theatre- ¨El Vino Secreto¨ written by Liliana Moreno and directed by Clodet Garcia, and ¨Trinchera de Palabras¨ written by Germinal Marin and directed by Fagner Pavan.

Saturday

7pm-9.30pm:  Theatre- ¨Siesta¨by Nerio Yela,”Al ritmo de Tina” by the Compañia Internacional Faro Luciale, Teatro Errante, “Mar de Fondo· by Laura Valencia. In between each play there will be wine tastings from different wineries.

11pm: Live Tango by “La Siniestra Quinteto”.

Sunday

Midday: Harvest menu.

3pm: Conference about new Argentine terroirs by Alejandro Iglesias.

4.30pm: Live tango music and dancers.

5pm: Live painting by a group of artists.

8.30pm: Clown show by “Payasas de mundo”.

9.30pm: Live music and  closing performance.