First held in 1999, the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Film (BAFICI) will debut its 17th edition on April 15 and will run through April 25. One of Buenos Aires’ most anticipated cultural events of the year, the BAFICI has become an internationally acclaimed festival over the relatively short course of its history.
Similar to other independent film festivals, BAFICI prides itself on the individuality and innovation of its films and offers a mix of both celebrated and newcomer directors throughout the festival. Complete with a wide-ranging list of annual awards, BAFICI is the most prestigious event for independent film in Latin America.
Known as a film-loving city, it was only appropriate for Buenos Aires to craft a locally-held film festival. Organized by the Secretary of Culture for the city of Buenos Aires, the festival opened in 1999 to a small but notorious crowd, eager to see how this festival compared to others around the world. Evidently the crowd was pleased, because with each year since, the festival has grown rapidly in attendance, as well as in international notoriety. To accompany this growth, the festival has responded by expanding the number of venues to accommodate more spectators, and in turn has opened access to residents in many different neighborhoods of the city. Last year’s edition, true to these recent trends, showed a turnout increase and an impressive figure of 370,000 people who participated in the festival.
In following the tradition of the years past, BAFICI 2015 promises to display a large selection of independent films. Including films from Argentina, Latin America and around the world, this festival is a comprehensive showcase of the best films the independent realm has to offer. Year after year BAFICI remains true to its purpose with premiers of groundbreaking and risk-taking films, characteristics practically foreign to the commercial realm of cinema, and the 2015 edition will be no different.
So where can you watch the films of BAFICI 2015? There will be 13 locations in all parts of the city. The best locations will be La Usina del Arte, the recently renovated Leopoldo Lugones room at the General San Martín theatre, and the Teatro Colón, where the awards will be given. Advance ticket sales will begin April 6th.
Here is a listing of the Argentine and International competition
Días extraños, de J. S. Quebrada (Argentina/Colombia, 2015)
El Incendio, de Juan Schnitman (Argentina, 2015)
La Mujer de los Perros, de Laura Citarella (Argentina, 2015)
La obra del siglo, de Carlos M. Quintela (Argentina/Cuba/Alemania/ Suiza, 2015)
Doublehappiness, de Elle Raidel (Austria/China, 2014)
GoodnightMommy, de Veronica Franz (Austria, 2014)
Ela volta na quinta, de André Novais Olivera (Brasil, 2014)
Los exiliados románticos, de Jonás Trueba (España, 2015)
Transeúntes, de Luis Aller (España, 2015)
Songsfromthenorth, de Soon-Mi Yoo (EEUU/Corea del Sur/Portugal, 2014)
Une jeunesseallemand, de Jean-Gabriel Périot (Francia/Suiza/Alemania, 2015)
Court, de ChaitanyaTamhane (India, 2014)
AtomicHeart, de AliAhmadzadeh (Irán, 2015)
Ben zaken, de EfratCorem (Israel, 2014)
The kindergarten teacher, de NadavLapid (Israel/Francia, 2014)
Theeb, de Naji Abu Nowar (Jordania/Reino Unido/Emiratos Árabes Unidos/Qatar, 2014)
Prometo umdiadeixaressacidade, de Daniel Aragao (Brasil, 2014)
Above and below, de Nicolas Steiner (Suiza/Alemania, 2015)
Al centro de la tierra, de Daniel Rosenfeld (Argentina/Francia/Holanda/Alemania, 2015)
Arribeños, de Marcos Rodríguez (Argentina, 2015)
Cuerpo de letra, de Julián D’Angiolillo (Argentina, 2015)
Generación artificial, de Federico Pintos (Argentina, 2015)
Guido Models, de Julieta Sans (Argentina, 2015)
Idilio, de Nicolás Aponte A. Gutter (Argentina, 2015)
Lulú, de Luis Ortega (Argentina, 2015)
Madre de los dioses, de Pablo Agüero (Argentina/Francia, 2014)
Mar, de Dominga Sotomayor (Argentina/Chile, 2014)
Miramar, de Fernando Sarquís (Argentina, 2015)
Placer y martirio, de José Celestino Campusano (Argentina, 2015)
Poner al rock de moda, de Santiago Charriere (Argentina, 2015)
La princesa de Francia, de Matías Piñeiro (Argentina, 2014)
La Sombra, de Javier Olivera (Argentina, 2015)
Todo el tiempo del mundo, de Rosendo Ruiz (Argentina, 2015)
Victoria, de Juan Villegas (Argentina, 2015)
To find out more about BAFICI 2015, including the locations of the cinemas, visit its official site here. Or for more news about events in Buenos Aires and the rest of Argentina, check out Say Hueque’s blog.
Written by Will Collier