A Look into Argentine Film

(Apenas un Delincuente-1949. Photo from lacteoslalucia)

The Argentine film industry is one of the most developed in Latin America and dates back to 1897, 80 years after the Argentina independence and not long after the birth of cinematography. This early incorporation of film into the local culture has been fortunate as it has left behind documentation of the city’s development, issues and identity due to the common thematic of Argentine films, mostly centered around local customs, literature and social conflicts.

Immigrants, indigenous people, the birth of tango, gaucho heroes, labor issues, local literary adaptations, peronism, dictatorships, present subject matter of Buenos Aires, portraits of people from the South and North of Argentina, and descriptions of a stagnated society are all themes of many films the country has produced and been awarded for, including two Oscars for best foreign films (La Historia Oficial 1986-Luis Puenzo and El Secreto de Sus Ojos 2010- Juan Jose Campanella).

For a closer look at local film the Pablo Ducros Hickens Film Museum in La Boca, has recently reopened and showcases equipment and antique optical artifacts, props, set designs, costumes, screenplays, awards, objects, photographs, and other documentation relating to the local industry.  They are also working with the Carlos Gardel Museum where current and old tango films with English subtitles are exhibited each Monday at 6.30pm- Address- Jean Jaurés 735, Abasto.

The San Martín Theatre and the MALBA also exhibit retrospectives and local independent films.

This Week in Buenos Aires

The Tango festival and dance world cup continues this week whilst the city celebrates the birthdays of two of our literary legends; Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortazar.

Tuesday

Check out the recently reopened Film Museum where you can find memorabilia and information on the thriving local industry.

In the evening the San Martin Theatre is staging a contemporary ballet version of A Streetcar Named Desire with music compose by Bela Bartok.

Film Museum (Museo del Cine Pablo Hickens)

Agustín R. Caffarena 49, La Boca

4303-2882

museodelcine@buenosaires.gob.ar

Open 11am-6pm

San Martin Theatre

Av. Corrientes 1530, Dowtown.

0800-333-5254

ctba@complejoteatral.gov.ar

Wednesday

(Photo by ojo_de_vidrio)

Take advantage of the Tango Festival this week to visit the Tango Product Fair where you can get souvenirs and other unique memorabilia!

Later on head to the new “it” place, the Rio Cafe, where they will be hosting their weekly Wednesday Rock in Rio.

Tango Product Fair

Centro Municipal de Exposiciones

E. J. Couture 2231, Recoleta.

 

Rio Café

Honduras 4772, Palermo‬

Open 10pm-3am‬

Thursday

(Photo by Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires)

Whilst you’re in Buenos Aires you can’t miss a visit to the Colón Theatre. Guided tours in English are offered every day on an hourly basis from 11am-2pm.

For a coffee break in one of the city’s charming traditional bars head to the nearby Petit Colon.

Later on head the Museo de Arte HispanoAmericano for a Haiku reading in English starting at 7.30pm

In the evening get to know more about the local wine industry at the weekly tastings in the Fierro Hotel.

Teatro Colon

Cerrito 628, Downtown

4378 7100

info@teatrocolon.org.ar

Petit Colon

Libertad 505, Downtown

4382-7306

Museo de Arte HispanoAmericano

Suipacha 1422, Downtown

4327- 0228

mifb_prensa@buenosaires.gob.ar

Fierro Hotel

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220 6800

recepcion@fierrohotel.com


Friday

(Photo by paula soler-moya)

Fundación PROA in La Boca is showcasing Sistemas, Acciones y Procesos- 1965 a 1975  which displays an array of art work form the 60´s and 70´s by renown local and international artists.

In the evening explore the city’s art galleries and museums with the rest of the crowd on the monthly Gallery Nights.

Fundación PROA

Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca

[54.11] 4104.1000

info@proa.org

Open 11am-7pm

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by PaRaP)

The environmentally friendly Green Film Fest will be hosted from the 25-31st of August at the Palermo Cinemark. More information here.

If you’re walking the 3 de Febrero parks in Palermo stop by the Japanese gardens where an Ikebana exhibit will be displayed all weekend. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares.