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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 – 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, “Open Air BAFICI” will be held in the Anfiteatro de Parque Centenario. “Open Air BAFICI” 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 (“Sidewalls”) 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 porteño stereotype: obsession with the psyche, phobias, and anxieties. In Buenos Aires, there’s a joke that when four friends meet for coffee, there are actually eight people participating in the conversation: the four friends, and each person’s 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’s most famous and most average buildings and streets, journeying into the psyches of a few fictional porteños, and getting to practice my castellano listening skills in the meantime!

As of February 2015, Medianeras is available to stream on

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