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The Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) is back. And it kicks off its 17th year in the city on April 15 with advance tickets available now.

And there are hundreds of films to choose from, but ten of them could very well be sold out before the Film Festival starts.

So don’t panic. Just read below and thank us later.

VENUES

BAFICI will take place in several venues – Village Recoleta ( on Vicente López and Junín) is the location with the most screenings and could therefore be considered the most important. Also it happens to be pretty close to  the BAFICI meeting point a few blocks down Junín. If you can’t make it to Recoleta, there are several other venues throughout the city, including screens in Microcentro, La Boca, Belgrano, Caballito, Parque Centenario and the Malba Museum. And if you are not familiar with the city, you can check out the program online, which includes a map of all venues plus which buses take you.

A scene from '35 and Single'  (nytimes.com)
A scene from ’35 and Single’ (nytimes.com)
TICKETS

You can either buy the tickets online or go to the venues directly and buy your tickets there. The main reason why most people wait in line outside participating theaters is so they can get a discount (student, senior discounts, etc.) and yes, foreign student IDs are valid too.

So, if you are on budget and want to watch as many films as you want, get in line. You are welcome too.

Now, here’s a huge secret that not everyone knows about: There are free official competition screenings.

You read that right my friend: FREE.

This is how it works: Members of the press have a list of films listed as being “official competition” that we can go see without the need of a press pass.

Some films are considered the most important contenders of the festival and everyday, from the 16 to the 23, you can mosey over to Village Recoleta early in the morning (bring a student ID card if you have one) and get a sweet free spot in the movie theater where they are being screened.

Screenings start at 10:20 AM and the last one is usually around 2 PM. For more information, head over to the movie theater and ask there.

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FILMS

After I carefully and geekily analyzed the BAFICI’s catalog, I narrowed it down to several titles. Keeping your sanity in mind, I made a bulleted list of the standout films from this year’s roster.

  • Atom Heart Mother – After a night of heavy drinking, two girls share a taxi in Teheran and meditate about life and pop culture while facing bizarre situations during the night.
  • Citizenfour – The documentary that shows the very first interview with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong.
  • Court – A singer is accused of inducing suicide to a person with his music on trial that contrasts the old Indian legislation with these new era.
  • Goodnight Mommy – An Austrian mother gets a cosmetic surgery. This results in her children thinking that she is not their real mother. Panic ensues.
  • Songs from the North – With pre-existing material, Soon-Mi Yoo portraits a B-Side of North Korea.
  • Passers-by – Seven Thousand shots + High Speed + Barcelona. Enough Said.
  • Guido Models – A middle age Bolivian who lives in critical slum, the infamous and punished Villa 31, runs a modelling agency. The film shows him, Guido, in the pursue of a better and brighter tomorrow.
  • The princess of France – The third Shakespearian film by Argentine, New York based director, Matías Piñeiro.
  • 35 and Single – Another Argentine and New York based director, Paula Schargorodsky, who went viral with the short-film version of this film.
  • Crumbs – On the aftermath of a recent apocalypse a strange being roams the land of Ethiopia with his wife until they find an alien space ship and promises of redemption –you don’t get more BAFICI than this.
  • Starry Eyes – A heavy and intense film where Sarah takes a key-turn in her life leaving her awful job and snob filmmaker friends in order to become a real actress leading to nasty and bitter end.
  • Cinema: A Public Affair – After opening its doors in 1989, the Moscow Museum of Cinema is now in slow decay due to the new waves of pseudo-modernism. ­
  • The Crazy CheThis is the story of Argentine spy Bill Gaede, who worked undercover during the cold war in Cuba, the USSR and the FBI.
  • Misunderstood – Shot by Italian director Asia Argento, daughter of the one and only Dario Argento (do not mistake this relationship with Francis Ford Coppola and his hipster offspring named Sofia, Asia is actually good).
  • The Wonders – A redneck version of an Italian tries to isolate his family from the outside world and make them live by his own terms and traditions.
  • Rules of the Game – It seems that every job position requires a degree and it’s getting harder and harder for youngsters to get a job. This documentary portraits the same situation with a group of men in their twenties trying to get a new job.
  • O mercado de notícias – Inspired by the early Caroline era play, The Staple of News by Ben Jonson, this documentary tries to figure out what is the role of news media and its future.
  • Taxi – Iranian director Jafar Panahi is under house arrest for criticizing his government. This doesn’t stop him from making films and wining the Gold Bear in the Berlinale as he did this year.
  • A girl walks home alone at night – A magnificent Iranian black and white modern vampire’s film where the main character is a feminist succubus who loves good old fashion rock, ride a skateboard and punish bad boys.
Holy shit, Iranian vampires!
Holy shit, Iranian vampires!
CLASSICS

There is also a list of some golden classics being presented for your re-enjoyment, unless you are really young in which case get ready to get blown away by Bill Murray’s acting triumph.

This is all for now. Take time to process all this and have fun.

We’ll keep you posted on any developments as they come in.