Join us in Buenos Aires for the International Independent Film Festival

By Carlota Nelson | 10:25

The Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival,  also known as BAFICI kicks off today, April 3rd and will continue for 10 straight days with non-stop events, activities and showcasing more than 400 feature length and short films. The festival will kick off with “The Congress” directed by Ari Folman, at the amphitheatre in Parque Centenario. The idea of making it free and more inclusive belongs to Marcelo Panozzo, the BAFICI´s artistic director.

 

The festival, considered one of the world´s most prominent, is renowned for showcasing independent, innovative films. It´s extensive programming offers a wide range of films including Argentine, Latin American and worldwide premieres as well as retrospectives and classics, now considered jewels such as Edward Sedgwick’s ´ The Cameraman and Nosferatu by F.W. Murnau.

This year there are more films being showcased than ever and plenty of variety to suit everyone´s taste in cinema. From animated features for the little ones such as ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ by James Bobin and ‘Rio 2′  by Carlos Saldanha to a well-selected list of films about sports. In a year of two major international sporting events – the Winter Olympics and the World Cup- Panozzo and his team created the Sportivo section, whose programming includes ‘Two Half Times in Hell’ by Zontán Fábri and an Argentine classic film about soccer talents, ‘El Crack’ by José Martínez Suárez. 

Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires

Apart from the exciting line up in the Argentine and International Competition, there’s the Avant-Garde and Genre section, which this year highlights ‘G/R/E/A/S/E’, a deconstruction/collage/appropriation of the seventies musical film with John Travolta and Olivia Newton John directed by Antoni Pinent.  

The BAFICI is also a meeting place for prestigious film directors and new talents. Directors like Alan Resnais, Jean-Luc Godard and Edgardo Cozarinsky mix and mingle with up and coming talents.

If you´re concerned about your Spanish being a bit rusty or non-existent, don´t worry. All films are subtitled in English. Remember to pick up a schedule at the BAFICI press room at the Centro Cultural Recoleta and buy your tickets in advance online at the BAFICI website or in person at any of the BAFICI locations: Village Recoleta, Village Caballito, Centro Cultural San Martín, Malba Cine, Planetarium, Fundación Proa and Arte Multiplex Belgrano.

 The friendly efficient staff at the hotel will be able to help you with anything you need.  Located near the historic district, the five-star NH City & Tower hotel in Buenos Aires, captures your attention immediately thanks to its art deco façade and stunning interior. Moulded pillars, streaming light filtered through stained-glass ceilings and bold colour schemes offer unparalleled ambience.

The hotel’s convenient setting—with easy access to the city’s commercial centre, metro, and bus station—is a stone throw away from Teatro Colón, the world-renowned opera house, tango parlours and antique shops along the quaint cobblestone streets of San Telmo. Between films, you can admire the works of art at the Metropolitan Museum or simply stroll along Plaza de Mayo.

After a day, packed with cultural activities, why not take a dip at the hotel’s stunning rooftop pool or enjoy a delicious meal at the restaurant? Let NH City & Tower hotel take you to the movies!

 

 

 

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