Two more days to go. It’s the second friday of Bafici. This one goes out to those who’s idea of the perfect Friday night include a late movie followed by a few pints in the bar.

Broken Land

ArteMultiplex Belgrano – 13:30

-Out in desert-like nature, living in the shadows of the immense fence that is erected to control Mexican immigration, seven Americans tell how the border transforms their lives. They observe the haunting traces left by the crossing migrants –people they never come face to face with– as they confide their fear, defiance and at times even compassion. Broken Land shows details that are not easy to forget; for example, Harris’ hawks breed more quickly in the border region than elsewhere, as there is more carrion for them here. -BAFICI

The Lady from Shanghai

ArteMultiplex Belgrano – 15:30

-It’s been called everything from an outright disaster to ‘the weirdest great movie ever made’. Like The Magnificent Ambersons before it, Welles’ glittering thriller was subject to swingeing studio cuts (up to an hour was sliced from the finished picture). But what remains of The Lady from Shanghai is remarkable enough. Made as the director was in the process of breaking up with his star, the breathtaking Rita Hayworth, this is less a film noir and more a divorce case writ large, steeped in irony, self-loathing, love, hate, fascination, recrimination, mistrust and sexual longing. It’s the story of an Irish roustabout –played with wandering accent and waistline by Welles– and his relationship with a troubled society beauty after he takes a job on her yacht. The plot is a magnificent mess of switchbacks and revelations, climaxing with one of cinema’s most outrageously inventive sequences: a shootout in a funfair hall of mirrors. The result may not have the crystalline perfection of Citizen Kane, but that’s a flaw it shares with every other film in history. TH -BAFICI

We’re Not Animals

Village Recoleta – 16:10

No Somos Animales

-Excuse me? Are you saying “we’re not animals”? Yes, we are, and Alejandro Agresti is the king of animals. A dog, let’s say, that can be fierce or a companion depending on the occasion, but whose peripheral vision encompasses everything. Because that way, like a beast, he made this film that is a kick in the table to everything that is trendy in cinema and ideas. Four friends (John Cusack and Agresti himself among them), summoned in some mysterious way by a fifth (Al Pacino), arrive in Buenos Aires from the US in order to prolong an experiment they have been working on for some years: Agresti talks about a roussonian film, and it’s true that the group goes through life defying the limits of the social contract. In Argentina, it’s clear, they could find themselves in new territory, one beyond those limits, and at that point, the film turns into a buddy movie that bounces between enlightenment and darkness, between day and night, between tenderness and nonsense. Between wagging its tail and biting. MP -BAFICI

Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods (Astérix et le domaine des dieux)

Village Caballito – 18:00

-It’s the year 2015 A.D. Every kid film is crossed by somewhat solemn American franchises and both Happy Meal and Oedipus complexes (ah, the guilt.) All of them? No! The first 3D animated film of Asterix and his friend Obelix (and Dogmatix, of course) adapts the irreducible The Mansions of the Gods to that medium, which has been rather clumsy with our Gallics. But the love these two infatuated directors have for the original’s adventures brings the Asterix film curse to an end with this story in which Julius Caesar floods our beloved village with snobbism and five-star tourists. Is there anything happier that watching Asterix and his friends teach kids (while reminding us who dreamt of eating bore with our hands) at the pace of screwball feats and clouts with a timing that can resist for eons, as that is precisely what defines comedy as the magical potion to face this Roman everyday life? By Toutatis no. JMD -BAFICI

Pianists’ Street (La calle de los pianistas)

Teatro Colón – 20:30

Pianists Streets

-In May 2003, an article in Clarín newspaper reported that Lyl Tiempo “connects three generations of pianists: she’s the daughter of the famous Antonio De Raco, a friend of Martha Argerich, and a teacher for young prodigies, including her two children.” At that time, Lyl’s granddaughter (the child of her daughter Karin Lechner) was only three years old, so even if perhaps Natasha Binder was already playing the piano, it would have been fearsome to attribute the inauguration of the fourth generation to her. The Tiempo family lives in a big house in Brussels that is attached to a twin building owned by Martha Argerich. Natasha is 15 years old and an amazing pianist, and the sounds from her instrument travel everyday at any hour, from one house to the other. This is what this luminous and multi-layered film depicts: the story of two houses, lots of pianos, and three women –who have followed the family mandate in the best possible way– make wonders when sitting in front of the keyboard, but continue with the baton hand-off like a sweet curse. -BAFICI

Lawrence of Belgravia

El Cultural San Martín – 21:30

-The Belgravia neighborhood in London once had musicians Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Frédéric Chopin among its famous inhabitants. We should add the name Lawrence Hayward, who is not famous like his predecessors, but is obsessed with being so. Felt, Denim, and Go Kart Mozart are the cult bands lead by this failing dandy who is best known by his first name, and whose life may very well be associated to writer Julian MacLaren Ross: they’re both fantastic creators, 100% British, who turned self-boycott, debts, and addictions into an art form. Lawrence of Belgravia features both the recording sessions of On the Hot Dog Streets by Go Kart Mozart (2012) and the man’s everyday life: we’ll see him investigating books and LP records, remembering old times without nostalgia, accumulating unpaid bills, feeding his own myth in both concerts (“I make music because I’m not right in the head”), and what is most important: picking up hats! PS -BAFICI

Shrew’s Nest (Musarañas)

Village Caballito – 00:25 (after tonight’s midnight)


-Suffering from agoraphobia, Montse lives confined in an apartment she shares with her younger sister, whom she’s been taking care off since both of them were little. Deep down, Montse is fine with this situation, because it allows her to avoid dealing with many things, including the hostile and oppressive Franquist Spain she lives in. Everything changes the day a neighbor suffers an accident in the building’s stairs. Defying her fears, Montse decides to take him in and look out for him, but it won’t be long until the irruption of a man in the family home of the two women breaks the ecosystem that had been established up to then. Directors Juanfer Andrés and Esteban Roel make their debut with this film that shuts itself between the four walls of an apartment in order to try and create some claustrophobia, an exercise similar to the one the film’s producer, Álex de la Iglesia, approached with such a Spanish portrait as that in La comunidad. VK -BAFICI