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BAFICI: Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente

Thursday, April 9, 2015 13:51

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What is BAFICI?

It is one of the most important film festivals in all of Latin America. For one week every year, you can view some of the best national and international films in various locations across the city.

When is it?

April 15 ‚Äď 25.

The schedule is online and shows which films are playing each day, how much it costs to attend, the trailer for the show, and where the screenings will be held.  A lot of the screenings that will be held are free, so be sure to catch at least one of them!

Where is it?

There are various locations for the film festival all over the city. However, ‚ÄúOpen Air BAFICI‚ÄĚ will be held in the Anfiteatro de Parque Centenario. ‚ÄúOpen Air BAFICI‚ÄĚ has free screenings throughout the week which are held outside in the park. Another option for a taste of both BAFICI and some beautiful scenery are the screenings at the Planetario Galileo Galileo. Not only will the Planetario have screenings and work from famous Argentine artists and designers, but it will also feature a live music show from a techno-pop band.

How to buy tickets?

Tickets are for sale now! An additional bonus is that they can be purchased online in just a couple minutes!

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Expanish Film Club: Medianeras (2011)

Monday, April 6, 2015 12:38

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The opening scene of the 2011 Argentine film Medianeras (‚ÄúSidewalls‚ÄĚ) is an homage to the unique architectural structures of the sprawling city of Buenos Aires. Beautifully filmed, Medianeras offers viewers a picture of what life looks like from the inside of one of the thousands of apartments that tower over the city. Have you ever walked down Avenida Santa Fe and wondered who lives in the buildings lining the street? The movie centers on two unhappy individuals who live parallel lives in neighboring apartment buildings, but have never met.

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The set-up reminded me a bit of Sleepless in Seattle, in that the two main characters never meet face to face until the end of the movie, but are obviously compatible from the very beginning. And, as in Sleepless, the city and local lifestyle plays a role in the movie.

The plot also features a prominent porte√Īo stereotype: obsession with the psyche, phobias, and anxieties. In Buenos Aires, there‚Äôs a joke that when four friends meet for coffee, there are actually eight people participating in the conversation: the four friends, and each person‚Äôs psychoanalyst. The main characters in Medianeras and those around them all suffer from their own mental issues.

As a traveller in Buenos Aires, I enjoyed seeing images both of the city‚Äôs most famous and most average buildings and streets, journeying into the psyches of a few fictional porte√Īos, and getting to practice my castellano listening skills in the meantime!

As of February 2015, Medianeras is available to stream on Netflix.com

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Must-see Argentinian Films

Thursday, December 4, 2014 14:19

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Planning a trip to the cine or ready for a night in with Netflix? The following films are among the top-grossing and highest-rated movies from Argentina. El Secreto de Sus Ojos and Diarios de Motocicleta are great to watch whether you are a foreigner or not! And you may still have time to catch Relatos Salvajes in theaters.

Relatos Salvajes (2014) (English: Wild Tales): 8.4/10 IMDB

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The newest cinematic edition to Argentina‚Äôs list of award-winning movies, Relatos Salvajes was written and directed by Dami√°n Szifron and has an ensemble cast of Argentinean stars featuring Ricardo Dar√≠n, √ďscar Mart√≠nez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, √Črica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg and Dar√≠o Grandinetti. It is composed of six shorts which are all connected by the common theme of violence and vengeance. You‚Äôll see stories of deception, haunting pasts, and tragedy unfold in this dark comedy that received a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival. It has already won 6 awards and has been included in the upcoming Academy Awards as the Argentina entry for Best Foreign Language Film.

El Secreto de Sus Ojos (2009) (English: The Secret in Their Eyes): 8.3/10 IMDB

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The protagonist, Benjamín Espósito, is a retired legal counselor who begins writing a novel in hopes of finding closure for an unsolved homicide case and unrequited love from his former chief, Irene. He revisits past characters and places from the 25-year-old case and continues to be haunted by it. El Secreto de Sus Ojos won numerous awards including the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It was written and directed by Juan José Campanella and stars the familiar faces of Ricardo Darín and Soledad Villamil.

Diarios de Motocicleta (2004) (English: Motorcycle Diaries): 7.8/10 IMDB

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Follow the motorcycle road trip Ernesto ‚ÄúChe‚ÄĚ Guevara took throughout South America which sparked his life‚Äôs calling. Watch the events that led a 23-year-old medical student to his eventual destiny as leader of the Cuban Revolution. The movie was directed by Walter Salles and is based on the actual journal of Che Guevara. It stars Gael Garc√≠a Bernal and Rodrigo De la Serna. It won numerous awards including Best Film in the 2005 Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures in the 2005 Academy Awards for the song “Al Otro Lado Del R√≠o”.

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¬ŅEst√°s pensando en ir al cine o pasar una noche con Netflix? Las siguientes pel√≠culas se encuentran entre las de mayor recaudaci√≥n y rating en Argentina. El Secreto de Sus Ojos y Diarios de Motocicleta son geniales para ver seas o no extranjero! Y es posible que todav√≠a tengas tiempo para ver Relatos Salvajes en los cines.

Relatos Salvajes (2014): 8.4/10 IMDB

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La novedad en la lista argentina de pel√≠culas galardonadas, Relatos Salvajes fue escrita y dirigida por Dami√°n Szifron y tiene un elenco de grandes estrellas argentinas: Ricardo Dar√≠n, √ďscar Mart√≠nez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, √Črica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg y Dar√≠o Grandinetti. Se compone de seis cortometrajes que est√°n todos conectados por el tema com√ļn de la violencia y la venganza. Ver√°s historias de enga√Īo, un pasado recurrente y tragedia en esta comedia de humor negro que recibi√≥ una ovaci√≥n de pie en el Cannes Film Festival. Ya ha ganado 6 premios y ha sido incluida para la secci√≥n de Mejor Pel√≠cula de Extranjera de los premios Oscars.

El Secreto de Sus Ojos (2009): 8.3/10 IMDB

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El protagonista, Benjam√≠n Esp√≥sito, es un consejero legal jubilado que comienza a escribir una novela sobre un caso de homicidio sin resolver y el amor no correspondido de su ex jefe, Irene. √Čl vuelve sobre personajes y lugares del pasado y sigue atormentado por el caso. El Secreto de Sus Ojos gan√≥ numerosos premios incluyendo el premio Oscar 2010 para Mejor Pel√≠cula de Extranjera. Fue escrita y dirigida por Juan Jos√© Campanella y protagoniza los rostros familiares de Ricardo Dar√≠n y Soledad Villamil.

Diarios de Motocicleta (2004): 7.8/10 IMDB

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Sigue el viaje por carretera de motocicleta Ernesto “Che” Guevara tom√≥ en toda Sudam√©rica, que provoc√≥ el vocacion de su vida. Mira los eventos que llevaron un estudiante de medicina a su eventual destino como l√≠der de la Revoluci√≥n Cubana. La pel√≠cula fue dirigida por Walter Salles y se basa en el diario real de Che Guevara. Gan√≥ numerosos premios incluyendo Mejor Pel√≠cula en la Asociaci√≥n de Cronistas Cinematogr√°ficos de la Argentina 2005 y Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures en los premios Oscars 2005 para la canci√≥n ‚ÄúAl Otro Lado Del R√≠o‚ÄĚ.

¬ŅConoc√©s otras pel√≠culas argentinas? ¬°Recomendanos alguna en los comentarios!

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