Moviegoers outside the theatre at the 23rd edition of BAFICI.

Buenos Aires Times | The 23rd BAFICI Film Festival in Buenos Aires opens to a full house

The film has officially returned to the theater for Portenius.

The Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (“BAFICI Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival”) kicked off Tuesday with a full opening night party.

Featuring over 290 films and over 450 in-person events this year – not to mention over 200 features available to stream online – the 23rd edition of the prestigious event runs from April 19 to May 1.

The opening night was held at Cine Multiplex Monumental Lavalle with the premiere of Diego Berraja’s short film Ahora ya sé dónde encontrarte (“Now I know where to find you”) and a full-length feature small flower (Spanish: “Bikinia Flower; English: “Little Flower”), directed by Santiago Miter.

The Minister of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires, Enrique Avogadro, began the events with a few words of the introduction, recognizing the importance of sharing the experience of the film in person before passing the microphone on to Javier Porta Foz, Artistic Director of BAFICI.

Alongside Porta Foz, directors Biraja and Miter and the cast members from small flower. During his introduction, the 48-year-old confidently said that the entire programming team had agreed to show these two films at opening.

“Festival Atmosphere”

Porta Foz said this year’s incarnation is more like festivals to 2019, more than last year’s events.

“Last year we had a personal release, but it was kind of a weird personal release, without international guests, with a very small capacity in theaters, and with theaters and outdoor spaces that were very far apart from each other,” Bavicchi’s chief said. times.

With guests and directors returning from around the world and a full house on opening night, this year can be seen as the festival’s true comeback, complete with a cocktail party after the premiere.

“There is a festive atmosphere,” Porta Foz smiles.

Mitri, director and screenwriter small flower With three films that have entered BAFICI in the past years, he says that the joy he felt in the theater is a shared experience.

“It’s a joy that transcends me as an individual,” he said, “but I think it’s such a pleasure that we all enjoy, being able to go out and share a space and see a movie.”

Buenos Aires Minister of Culture Enrique Avogadro and Paviche Artistic Director Javier Porta Foz at the opening night of Pavice, April 19, 2022.

opening movies

Barakhah’s first short film Ahora ya sé dónde encontrarte It is a six-minute emotional movie created using family home videos and Google Earth. The short film follows his decision to move from Spain to Argentina as a child using the interactive feature of Google Earth, a remarkable and creative feat for a movie made entirely on a computer.

“We’ve seen a lot of short films of people stuck inside, but this one is great,” Porta Foz said.

Featured full-length movie, my little flor is a bilingual comedy that is narrated in both French and Spanish.

“It’s an amazing, racy movie,” said Porta Foz.

A dark, witty, slightly disturbing and utterly captivating story that follows Jose, an Argentine man who meets an eccentric neighbor while living in France with his girlfriend and their daughter.

Mitri said in an interview with The times.

The screenwriter from Buenos Aires explained that many of the film’s interacting elements — marital humor, music, suspense, and groovy, for example — come together in an “almost cinematic game.”

The crowd’s reaction throughout the night looked as if Porta Foz had it right from early on. Some commented emotionally on the best moments of the short film, and many gasped at the shocking moments small flowerThe stage was filled with applause at the end of the night.

Commenting on the film as the opening act for the event, Mitri noted that his latest work aims, more than anything else, to delight the spectator.

“I think it’s good to open a festival,” he said.

what do you see

As for the must-watch movies, Porta Foz specifically mentioned Carrerofrom duo Fiona Lena Brown and German Basso, as a standout feature to watch out for.

The title refers to a character in the film, who helps the protagonist Ale, 17, collect city trash, a decision that leads him astray from his home.

The film will premiere on Saturday, April 23.

A daily schedule of the rest of BAFICI can be found on the festival website.

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