Numbers of a successful Festival

Concluyó el festival con saldo muy positivo

The twelfth edition of Bafici had sold a total of 200 thousand tickets, which reflects the popular interest that this cultural event, which Buenos Aires has been offering for over a decade, awakens. Taking into account those who attended activities parallel to the cinematographic screenings (open air screenings, concerts, round tables, and book presentations, among others), the total number escalates to 280 thousand people. This represents a growth by 10% in respect to 2009’s edition, not only in tickets, but also in total attendance.

The Festival finishes this Sunday

Este domingo concluye el Festival

The last day of BAFICI 2010 offers 104 movies for every taste, starting at 10.30AM with the screening of “You won’t miss me” by Ry Russo-Young. In this way concludes the best independent film marathon of the world that took over the city of Buenos Aires during 10 days. Tickets cost 10 pesos and are for sale in the ticket booths at the French Alliance (Av. Córdoba 946),the Hoyts Abasto cinemas (Av. Corrientes 3247), Atlas Santa Fe (Av. Santa Fe 2015), Arteplex Belgrano (Av. Cabildo 2829), Arteplex Caballito (Av. Rivadavia 5050), 25 de Mayo (Av. Triunvirato 4444), Leopoldo Lugones Auditorium of the San Martin Theater (10th floor Av. Corrientes 1530) and Malba Cinema (Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415). Tickets can also be bought through the website

Last Festival day, free movies to celebrate

Ultimo día del Festival, cine gratuito para celebrar

This Sunday, in which the 12th edition of BAFICI concludes, the series of outdoors free movies offer an attractive programming for every age and taste. “Outdoors Little Bafici” presents at 7.30PM at San Matrín de Tours Square (Schiaffino y Posadas) the movies created during the workshop “Animationbox” (in which children participated in the projection and concretion of ideas) and a selection of imaginative cartoons from the British AKA studio. At Carlos Gardel St., programming starts at 3PM with another selection of shorts by young Argentine filmmakers, followed at 5PM by “Velódromo” by the Chilean writer-filmmaker Alberto Fuguet, and finishing at 7PM with the documentary about the life and work of Miguel Abuelo “Buen día día” by Sergio Costantino and Eduardo Pinto.

Festival winners

Los premiados del Festival

This is the complete list of the winners of the 12º BAFICI, disclosed on Saturday, April 17 at noon (pictured):

International Official Selection

- Best film: "Alamar" , by Pedro González-Rubio (Mexico).

- Best Director: Corneliu Poromboiu for "Police, Adjective" (Rumania).

- Jury’s Special Award: "La bocca del lupo", by Pietro Marcello (Italy).

- Best Argentine Film DistinctionDistinción a Mejor Película Argentina: "Lo que más quiero", by Delfina Castagnino.

- Best Actor: Dragos Bucur for "Police, Adjective" (Rumania).

- Best Actress: shred by Pilar Gamboa and María Villar for "Lo que más quiero" (Argentina).

Argentine Official Selection

- Best Film: "Invernadero", by Gonzalo Castro.

- Best Director: Iván Fund and Santiago Loza for "Los labios".

- Jury’s Special Award: "Somos nosotros", by Mariano Blanco.

- Best Photography Distinction: "Las pistas – Lanhoyij- Nmitaxanaxac", by Sebastián Lingiardi.

A Little Bafici Friday

Viernes de Baficito

The beginning of this weekend has, this Friday afternoon, an attractive program presented by Little Bafici, the small festival inside of the Festival. The last screening of the popular and awarded “The boy who wanted to be a bear” by Jannik Hastrup will be at 3.15PM at Atlas Santa Fe 2. In the same theater at 5PM it will be screened “A tale of two mozzies” by Hastrup and Flemming Quist Moller. At 5.15PM at the Cine Teatro 25 de Mayo, located in Villa Urquiza, it will be screened “In the attic: who has a birthday today?” (picture) by Jiri Barta.

Dialogue with Angela Basset-Vance

Diálogo con Angela Bassett-Vance

The prestigious American actress, world-famous for her performances in “What’s love got to do with it”, “Strange days” and “Malcom X”, among other films, is in Buenos Aires integrating the Jury of the International Official Selection. Ms. Basset-Vance will have a dialogue with the public this Friday at 7.30PM at Espacio Bafici, with Osvaldo Bazán as the moderator.

A big free cinema weekend is coming

Se viene un gran fin de semana de cine gratuito

During the last weekend of this 2010 edition, BAFICI offers on Saturday and Sunday an attractive programming in the series “Outdoors cinema” and “Outdoor Baficito”. At Carlos Cardel St., “Outdoors cinema” presents this Saturday at 3PM a selection of shorts by young Argentine filmmakers; at 5PM “Tape” by Richard Linklater; and at 7PM, the original documentary “Femme Rock Doc” (photo) by Denis Elphick. At San Martín de Tours Squeare (Schiaffino and Posadas), on Saturday at 7.30PM “El viaje de Chihiro” by the Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki.

Dialogue with Peter Kerekes

 Diálogo con Peter Kerekes

This Saturday at 6PM at Espacio BAFICI, the Slovenian director of the creative “66 Seasons” (2003) and “Cooking History” (2009, photo), will have a dialogue with the audience about these movies and other stages of his career as a director. The journalist Javier Porta Fouz will be the moderator. Entrance will be limited to the capacity of the room.

Festival´s next to last day

Penúltimo día de la maratón

This 9th day at BAFICI offers 151 movies in its programming, starting a 10.30AM with “Constantin and Elena” by Andrei Dascalescu at the Hoyts 8 and finishing on Sunday at 1.30AM with “The Haunted World of El Superbeasto” by Rob Zombie (note: this screening is sold out). Tickets cost 10 pesos and are for sale in the ticket booths at the French Alliance (Av. Córdoba 946),the Hoyts Abasto cinemas (Av. Corrientes 3247), Atlas Santa Fe (Av. Santa Fe 2015), Arteplex Belgrano (Av. Cabildo 2829), Arteplex Caballito (Av. Rivadavia 5050), 25 de Mayo (Av. Triunvirato 4444), Leopoldo Lugones Auditorium of the San Martin Theater (10th floor Av. Corrientes 1530) and Malba Cinema (Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415). Tickets can also be bought through the website

This Saturday, free and outdoors cinema

Este sábado, cine gratuito y al aire libre

During this last BAFICI 2010 weekend, attractive free and outdoors programming is offered in two nice urban spots of Buenos Aires. “Outdoors cinema” at Carlos Gardel St. presents this Saturday at 3PM a selection of shorts by young Argentine filmmakers, at 5PM “Tape” by Richard Linklater and at 7PM the original Chilean documentary “Femme Rock Doc” by Denis Elphick. At the San Martín de Tours Square (Schiaffino y Posadas) “Outdoors Little Bafici” presents at 7.30PM the remarkable movie “Spirited Away” (photo) by the Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki.

Master Zappa

Todo Zappa

This Thursday at 5.15PM at Malba Cine (inside the Buenos Aires Museum of Latin American Art) the documentary “Frank Zappa: A Pioneer of the Future of Music - Parts 1 & 2” by Frank Scheffer will be screened for the second to last time. Tickets are still available for sale at the museum. This is very important data since next Saturday´s screening at 10.45PM (last screening) at Arteplex Caballito is already sold out.

The retrospective that Rogério Sganzerla deserved

La retro que merecía Rogério Sganzerla

The director Sergio Wolf said it during the official opening of this twelfth edition: the Brazilian critic and filmmaker Rogério Sganzerla (from Sao Pablo for more information) has deserved a retrospective on his work for a long time. First a theorist and then a creator, always on the cutting edge to understand and make movies in Latin America, Sganzerla started writing about cinema in the literary supplement of the newspaper O Estado de Sao Paulo and then fully jumped into directing. He directed very important movies such as “Copacabana mon amour” and “A mulher de todos”, which can be seen this Thursday at 7.30PM and 9.45M respectively at the Leopoldo Lugones hall in the San Martín Theater.

The great Danish teacher

El gran maestro danés, protagonista de Baficito

This Thursday Little Bafici presents a double luxury program, with a type of cinema for the young and not so young, full of imagination, sensitivity and quality. At 13.45PM in Atlas Santa Fe "Circleen: City Mice" (picture) by Jannik Hastrup will be screened. Hastrup has its own focus in Little Bafici with several of its major works, including of course "The Boy who wanted to be a Bear", the most popular in the world. His style and visual and narrative subtlety, with a prolific production that exceeds the 60 pieces, make him one of the great European references of animation cinema.

Dialogue with Tizza Covi

Diálogo con Tizza Covi

This Thursday at 7PM in Espacio BAFICI, the Italian director Tizza Covi will have a dialogue with the Festival’s director Sergio Wolf and with the public. Covi integrates the Jury of the Argentine Official Selection and is the protagonist, with three films co-directed with the Austrian Rainer Frimmel (photo together), of a section within the section "focuses and retrospectives" of this BAFICI edition.

Today, all films are in the city

Hoy todo el cine en la ciudad

This Wednesday, BAFICI 2010 starts and finishes with loud music, experimental and noisy, through overwhelming images. From the first screening at 10.45AM at Hoyts 2 with “Hardcore chambermusic” and “Kick that habits” by Peter Liechti until the last screening at 0.15AM at Malba Theater with “The haunted world of El Superbeasto” by the musician and director Rob Zombie. There are 142 movies in the programming of the festival’s 6th day. Tickets cost 10 pesos and are for sale in the ticket booths at the French Alliance (Av. Córdoba 946),the Hoyts Abasto cinemas (Av. Corrientes 3247), Atlas Santa Fe (Av. Santa Fe 2015), Arteplex Belgrano (Av. Cabildo 2829), Arteplex Caballito (Av. Rivadavia 5050), 25 de Mayo (Av. Triunvirato 4444), Leopoldo Lugones Auditorium of the San Martin Theater (10th floor Av. Corrientes 1530) and Malba Cinema (Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415). Tickets can also be bought through the website

Ariel Minimal puts music to leisure

Ariel Minimal le pone música al ocio

The Argentine musician Ariel Minimal, former constituent of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs and leader of Pez, one of the local cult rock bands, will be the protagonist of tonight’s “Little night music”, the series of concerts that BAFICI offers at the end of each cinema day. Minimal’s connection with film takes on an added weight since the premiere of “Ocio” in the Festival. This movie by Juan Villegas and Alejandro Lingenti is in competition in the Argentine Official Selection and Minimal participates in it with the sound of his guitar for the movie’s incidental music.

Dialogue with Alain Guiraudie

Diálogo con Alain Guiraudie

This Wednesday at 7PM at Espacio Bafici, the renowned French actor and director Alain Guiraudie, (picture) will have a dialogue with the audience. He is also protagonist of one of the “Retro” sections, with six of his films. One of them, “Pas de repos pour les braves”, will be screened at 4PM at the French Alliance. This is a relevant information considering that this film’s next screening, Sunday 18/04 at 8.45PM, is sold out.

The festival daily

El Festival a diario

The newspaper “Sin aliento” (without breath) is published every day and is available at no cost in every festival meeting point. It is the ideal complement to face the BAFICI day with reviews, interviews, articles, columns, recommendations and the complete guide for every day. This newspaper is edited by Juan Manuel Domínguez and written by Nazareno Brega, Javier Diz and Marcos Vieytes with the special participation of the writer Juan José Becerra as the author of the column “Ultima fila” (last row). “Sin aliento” is the graphic thermometer of a bigger and bigger festival.

BAL awards

Premios BAL

Buenos Aires Lab, the program of activities oriented to the production and financing of new projects, created to support the development and production of independent film in Latin America, concluded its seventh edition. The verdict of the jurors Fernando Epstein, Lita Stantic and Martin Schweighofer, determined the winners. In Meetings of co-production, the ART award (5 thousand Euros) was for "The last land" (Paraguay) by Paul Lamar (picture), the first Kodak award (15 cans of 35 mm) and Cinecolor (developing and transfer of 15 cans of 35 mm) was also for the Paraguayan film, and the second Kodak award (10 cans of 35 mm) and Cinecolor (developing and transfer of 10 cans of 35 mm) for "NN" (Peru) by Hector Gálvez Campos.

Magnetic fields day

El día de los campos magnéticos

This Tuesday 13/04, the prolific and enigmatic American indie rocker Stephin Merritt (photo), leader of the band The Magnetic Fields, will have his day in the BAFICI: at 9.30PM in the Hoyts 2 the documentary "Strange powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields" by Kerthy Fix and Gail O'Hara will be screened. Also, at 11PM in the cycle "Small Nocturnal Music ", the Argentine pop musician Sebastian Rubin along with Nacho and Alvy will interpret Magnetic Fields’ songs, whose last album "Realism" was just edited in Argentina.

Premiere of Animationbox creations

Estreno de las creaciones de “Animationbox”

The workshop "Animationbox" (picture) that took place from Friday 9/04 to Sunday 11/04, with the participation of children between 6 and 10 years of age, will show its outcome this Tuesday at 4.30PM at the Children Museum Auditorium in the Abasto Shopping Center. In other words, the animated films of children that participated in the workshop imagined armed and conceived, will be officially screened.

Cinema, against any superstition

Cine, contra cualquier superstición

The festival continues its course during this Tuesday the 13th, day feared in Argentina by the popular belief that link these particular day and number with "bad luck". In BAFICI 2010, however, it is the contrary. It is considered good luck to see the best independent film of the world. This Tuesday, 117 films will be screened (see programming "Day x day" ), tickets cost 10 pesos and are for sale in the ticket booths at the French Alliance (Av. Córdoba 946),the Hoyts Abasto cinemas (Av. Corrientes 3247), Atlas Santa Fe (Av. Santa Fe 2015), Arteplex Belgrano (Av. Cabildo 2829), Arteplex Caballito (Av. Rivadavia 5050), 25 de Mayo (Av. Triunvirato 4444), Leopoldo Lugones Auditorium of the San Martin Theater (10th floor Av. Corrientes 1530) and Malba Cinema (Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415). Tickets can also be bought through the website

Pure cinema Monday with tickets on sale

Lunes de puro cine, con entradas a la venta

The central week of BAFICI starts this Monday with hundreds of good movies to see in the porteño neighborhoods of Centro, Abasto, Belgrano, Villa del Parque, Palermo and Villa Urquiza. Tickets for all available screenings are on sale for 10 pesos at the ticket booths of: French Alliance (Av. Córdoba 946) the Hoyts Abasto cinemas (Av. Corrientes 3247), Atlas Santa Fe Cinema (Av. Santa Fe 2015), Arteplex Belgrano (Av. Cabildo 2829), Arteplex Caballito (Av. Rivadavia 5050), 25 De Mayo (Av. Triunvirato 4444), Leopoldo Lugones Auditorium of San Martín Theater (10th floor, Av. Corrientes 1530) and Malba Cine (Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415). Tickets can also be bought through the website

A full BAFICI Sunday

Fue un domingo a pleno Bafici

This past sunny autumn Sunday in Buenos Aires left the geography of the city with snapshots inevitably linked to the festival, from downtown to Belgrano, from Villa del Parque to Villa Urquiza, with the main center in the Abasto: from the Espacio BAFICI at Guardia Vieja St, to the central hall of the Abasto Shopping Center on the way to the Hoyts cinemas, across Anchorena St. to the outdoors cinema at Carlos Gardel St. The same happened at the San Martin of Tours Square, where families with their parents and children enjoyed the end of the afternoon with a series of praised shorts by Spanish filmmakers (photo). Everywhere, people coming and going, with their programming grid in hand and the desire to see films reflected in their eager faces, awake, alive. A full BAFICI Sunday

La tarde de Fipresci en el Festival

La tarde de Fipresci en el Festival

The argentine subsidiary of the International Federation of Film Press (FIPRESCI) gave yesterday, during a roundtable entitled "Critics and/with/vs directors”, the awards for Best Argentinean Film of the decade, Best Argentinean Film 2009 and Best Foreign Film premiered in Argentina in 2009. The winners were "The swamp" by Lucrecia Martel as "Best Argentinean Film of the Decade", with a special mention for "The Aura," by Fabian Bielinsky; "A week alone," by Celina Murga as "Best Argentine Film 2009", with a special mention for the winner of the Oscar "The secret of his eyes", by Juan Jose Campanella. The famous Argentine actor Ricardo Darin (photo) received the award for "The aura" and "The secret of his eyes

A must see dialogue with Marie Losier

Diálogo imperdible con Marie Losier

This Monday at 7PM at the BAFICI Space, the artistic director of the Festival, Sergio Wolf, will have a dialogue with the French filmmaker Marie Losier, New Yorker for adoption and protagonist with her particular shorts of a space within the section "Retro and Focus" of BAFICI 2010. Marie was born in France in 1972 and has her operations center in NYC, where she films, is curator and displays her films in museums, galleries and festivals such as the George Pompidou Center of Paris, the Berlin Film Festival and the Lincoln Center in New York.

Dani Umpi at “Little night music”

Dani Umpi en “Pequeña música nocturna”

The Uruguayan pop artist Dani Umpi (photo) and his band will be the protagonists this Sunday at 11PM at Espacio BAFICI of the 4th night of the music series that the festival offers as a complement to the movie marathon. The idea of concluding a day with lots of films, thoughts and meetings with good music, seems the best program for every night at the Abasto.

A dialogue about “the new stuff”

Un diálogo sobre “lo nuevo”

A meeting about “New literature and new film” will take place this Sunday at 2PM at the Espacio BAFICI auditorium. Fabián Casas (photo), Gonzalo Castro, Oliverio Coelho, Cecilia del Valle, Alejandro Lingenti and Pedro Mairal will participate in this meeting with Gonzalo Aguilar as the moderator.

All cinema has music

Todo el cine tiene música

Inside of “Panorama”, the “Music” section presents this Saturday a lavish programming, with 8 screenings during the day, with all kinds of styles and characters for every taste. In chronological order, it will screen: “Trimpin: The sound of invention” at 2.30PM in Hoyts 2; “NY Export: Opus Jazz/Work in progress” at 4.30PM in Hoyts 8; “Rocksteady – The Roots of Reggae” at 5.30PM in Cine Teatro 25 de Mayo; “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector” (photo) at 8.45PM in Arteplex Caballito 2; ; “Strange powers: Stephin Merrit and the Magnetic Fields” at 9PM in Alianza Francesa; “Do it again” at 10.30PM in Hoyts 9; “We don’t care about music anyway” at 11.45 in Hoyts 1 and “Roskilde” on Sunday 0.30AM in Santa Fe 1.

Talent Campus begins

Comienza Talent Campus

This Saturday, the fifth edition of Talent Campus Buenos Aires begins, with the participation of renowned experts of the film industry of America and Europe, focused on documentary films. 50 young professionals of the cinema in South America — selected among more than 500 applicants— will participate in enriching seminars and workshops. This edition, the amount of applications received exceeded the ones from previous editions. In this context, at 3.30PM in the BAFICI Space, a dialog with the Austrian director Bernhard Sallmann will be carried out (photo). He and his films are the protagonists of the Festival’s section "Retro".

Coproduction meetings

 Encuentros de coproducción

This Saturday, in the context of Buenos Aires Lab (BAL), the coproduction meetings between the representatives of the Latin American projects and the potential co producers from the rest of the world will take place. The 17 selected projects participating are: Algo de anarquía (Argentina), Algunos momentos en la vida de Iván (Argentina), Bellas de noche (Mexico), Calle Miseria (Argentina - Bolivia), Corta (Colombia - Argentina), Edén (Brazil), El peletero (Argentina), Entre líneas (Argentina), La mujer de barro (Chile), La Playa (Colombia), La última tierra (Paraguay), Los días (Argentina), NN (Peru), Qatú (Argentina), Solo (Uruguay), Valeu Boi! (Brazil) and Villegas (Argentina).

This Saturday, special screening of “Outdoors cinema”

Este sábado, función especial de “Cine al aire libre”

This Saturday at 9PM in Carlos Gardel St. (between Anchorena and Jean Jaures), the movie “The circle" by the Iranian director Jafar Panahi will be screened with free entry. This special screening of "Outdoors cinema" is in solidarity with the unfair situation that this remarkable filmmaker is going through. The movie won a Golden Lion at the Venice Festival in 2000 (photo).

Three Argentine movies in the International Official Selection

Tres películas argentinas en la Selección Oficial Internacional

The film "Lo que más quiero" by Delfina Castagnino, the documentary "El ambulante" (picture) by Eduardo de la Serna, Lucas Marcheggiano and Adriana Yurcovich and "Centro" by Sebastian Martinez are the Argentine representatives in the highly competitive grid of the International Official Selection of BAFICI. These three films are first works of young filmmakers who live, from today, a kind of materialized dream: participating as main characters of one of the most important independent film festivals in the world.

A top class jury

Un jurado de lujo

In this edition of BAFICI , the jury of the Official International Selection is integrated by well-known personalities of cinema, literature and criticism: the actress Angela Bassett-Vance (photo), unforgettable and vivid Tina Turner in the biopic "What's love got to do with it"; the Argentine writer Cesar Aira, one of the most prolific and respected of his generation; the French critic Olivier Père, current artistic director of the Fortnight of filmmakers of the Locarno Festival; and the talented filmmakers Raya Martin (Philipines) and Joäo Pedro Rodrigues (Portugal).

China´s myths and truths, here and now

Mitos y verdades de China, aquí y ahora

The Festival’s director Sergio Wolf mentioned it in all his speeches about the 2010 programming: the section "Radical visions from China", consisting of eight documentaries of contemporary filmmakers from the country that is the new global power, casts a light on the daily life, customs and habits, contrasts and contradictions of this cultural time in the Asian giant. An example is "Bing Ai" (picture) by Fang Yan, an intimate portrait of a simple orange harvester with the spiritual strength to live her life in the midst of rural China and, at the same time, face a decision by the powerful government.

The future is here

El futuro llegó

One of the fundamental premises of this BAFICI is to focus on films that take risks and make a step forward, give light to grey areas and move emotions from the search. In that sense, the Competition "Cinema of the Future" has a programming grid full of films that do not leave the viewer indifferent. Two good samples of this way of making movies can be seen this Friday. At 6.30PM in the Atlas Santa Fe 2, with “The Anchorage" by C. W. Winter and Anders Edtröm, an intimate chronicle of the everyday life of an elderly woman in a remote Swedish island. And at 7.15PM in the Hoyts 5 with the Argentine film "The road between two points" by Sebastian Diaz Morales.

Festival’s opening screening

Función de apertura

The exact beginning of this 12th edition of BAFICI took place this past Wednesday night at the 25 de Mayo cinema and theater while the first enigmatic images of the film “Kidnapping and death” by Rafael Fillipelli were screened. But actually, minutes before the film began, the phrase “Long life to BAFICI” pronounced with enthusiasm and satisfaction by BAFICI´s artistic director, Sergio Wolf, was the signal for the beginning of the great independent film festival that Buenos Aires offers to world every year since 1999.

About people and characters

De personas y personajes

Inside Panorama, the section “People and Characters” is presented with a diverse as well as attractive programming with 14 films that approach particular life stories and curious characters from little day to day epics. From the retrospective of the carrier of an extraordinary Hungarian soccer player (“Puskás Hungary” by Tamás Almási) to the crude testimony of Giuseppe Pelosi (photo), the Roman boy who was Pier Paolo Pasolini´s victimizer (“La notte quando é morto Pasolini” by Roberta Torre) and going through the dreams of two cariocan (from Rio de Janeiro) dancers close to the most important competition of their lives (“Only when I dance” by Beadie Finzi) and the intimate chronicle of a break-dance championship (“Turn it loose” by Alastair Siddons).

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