BAFICI- Independent Film in Buenos Aires

(Photo by Judy**)

Every year crowds of film enthusiasts gather at the Abasto shopping mall to take note and buy tickets for the many screenings they will attend the days to come. The Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente, more commonly known as BAFICI, is after all, one of the city’s most popular cultural events of the year. It is also the most important film festival of Latin America, and consequently a good opportunity to get in touch, not only with independent cinematography, but also with the Latin American culture and film industry, which is at a very prolific moment.

Some of our picks for this year’s BAFICI include:

Narcisa Hirsch retrospective:

Narcisa Hirsch was born in Berlin in 1928, but has lived in Argentina since a very young age and is a pioneer in the Argentine experimental circle. Her works include installations, graffitis and experimental films. Four Hirsch programs will be exhibited in the festival; program one will feature works that deal with identity with an autobiographical twist, the second program is thematically more diverse and will explore the filmmaker’s style,  the third program will include five films screened in their original 16mm format and the fourth program will showcase some of her documentaries. More information here.

El Rascacielo Latino by Sebastian Schindel:

This documentary by Sebastian Schindel is about the Palacio Barolo, often mentioned in this blog as one of the city’s highlights. If architecture and literature are you’re thing, then surely you will enjoy both the documentary and a visit to the place itself. Find timetables here.

Dromomanos by Luis Ortega

Argentine film maker Luis Ortega depicts an estranged and marginal world where he tells the tale of five wanderers who roam the city’s streets and a shanty town, each with their own coping strategy (a trio fascinated with pigs, an alcoholic psychiatrist and a neuropsychiatric patient who believes to have found the love of his life). The world the director shows is nocturnal and lyrical, imprinting his artistic vision of the city and the characters that explore it. More information here.

Joy Division  and Meeting People is Easy by Grant Gee

These two documentaries, one about Joy Division, the other about Radiohead’s 1997 OK Computer tour, are built in a way that the bands’ idiosyncrasies are depicted through the visual decisions and the points of view that the director chooses to describe them. More information here.

This year also features a special program for children (BAFICITO) where two animated films -Supernovas, a love story between a rocket scientist and a star, and Victor y Garu, about the intergalactic adventures of two friends-  will be screened at the Planetarium. See program here.

There will also be free outdoor screenings of eight films (two of them for children) at Anfiteatro del Parque Centenario. Find the program here.

The full BAFICI program is available here. We recommend you buy tickets as soon as you can as they do sell out fast.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Lu Monte)

Stop by Museo Casa Carlos Gardel and learn more about the influential tango composer. Later on stay for the live tango concert starting at 6.30pm. Jean Jaures 735, Abasto.

Bjork will be playing the second of five shows where her album Biophilia Residency will be presented to the public. On the 6th, 9th, 12th, and 15 of April she will play intimate concerts at the Centro de Exposiciones and on the 21st she will be staging a larger concert at GEBA. Tickets here.

Sonic Youth front man, Thurston Moore, will be presenting his new solo album ¨Demolished Thoughts¨ at Niceto Club where he will share the stage with Kurt Vile and The Violators. Tickets here.

Tuesday

(Photo by Mrs. Logic)

Stop by Centro Cultural Konex for a unique experience in the dark. Dialogo en la Oscuridad is an international exhibit where the senses are rediscovered.  The public is guided in absolute darkness through different scenarios and learns to perceive everyday life in a different way.  Open Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864 3200.

The legendary alternative nineties rock band, Jane´s Addiction, returns to the city to present their new album, “The Great Escape Artist”, and a selection of the band’s classics.  Tickets here. Av. Federico Lacroze 3455, Colegiales.

Sonic Youth front man, Thurston Moore, will be presenting his new solo album ¨Demolished Thoughts¨ at Niceto Club where he will share the stage with Kurt Vile and The Violators. Tickets here.

Wednesday

(Photo by Carlos Marzano)

From 11am-midday there will be a guided tour of the Lucien Hauman Botanical Gardens, which belong the the Buenos Aires agronomy university . To attend the tour you must sign up in advance at visitasguiadas@agro.uba.ar or call 4524-4008. Av. San Martín 4453, Agronomia.

In the evening stop by Ill Ballo del Mattone in Palermo for some homemade pasta and live jazz at 8pm. Gorriti 5950, Palermo.

Starting at 8.30pm Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna will present a concert at the Colón Theatre. Tickets here.

Thursday

(Photo by loopdeeloop)

One of the most popular cultural events in Buenos Aires is the annual international independent film festival (¨Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente¨BAFICI). Presenting over four hundred films by a great variety of both local and international directors, the festival is a cultural melting-pot with something for everyone. Check out the program and buy tickets here.

For a unique evening, book your place at Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno. Tastings cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Bjork will be playing the third of five shows where her album Biophilia Residency will be presented to the public. On the 6th, 9th, 12th, and 15 of April she will play intimate concerts at the centro de exposiciones and on the 21st she will be staging a larger concert at GEBA. Tickets here.

Friday

(Photo by Bunnicula)

The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Recoleta is presenting a new exhibit ¨Claridad, la vanguardia en lucha¨, showcasing Argentine art from the 20´s-40´s depicting different social and political aspects that the country was going through at the time. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

In the evening don´t miss the festive Bubamara party being held at Salon Real on Friday. Balkan music and lots of upbeat dancing are on the menu! JD Peron 1391, downtown.

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by bogavanterojo)

One of the most popular cultural events in Buenos Aires is the annual international independent film festival (¨Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente¨ BAFICI). Presenting over four hundred films by a great variety of both local and international directors, the festival is a cultural melting pot with something for everyone. Check out the program and buy tickets here.

The Buenos Aires International Folklore Festival takes place annually in La Plata and is a great place for music enthusiasts to become acquainted with a part of the local identity through the native culture. More information here.

On Sunday, starting at 11am, there will be a free concert at the Teatro Colón  featuring Camerata Bariloche performing Vivaldi, Haydn, and Dvoràk.