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While film buffs in Buenos Aires await the Golden Globe winners and possible Academy Award nominees to hit the nearby theater, there’s nothing much to watch besides trawling through Netflix and settling for that not-as-good-as-it-sounds love story starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Fortunately, several cultural centers and bars around the city are showcasing a selection of movies to suit all tastes and ages. Don’t worry, we have it covered.

Film Noir

Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958). Photo via MALBA.
Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958). Photo via MALBA.

During January, in collaboration with the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, the Museum for Latin American Art in Buenos Aires (MALBA), brings you one of the most influential genres in North American cinema. Lights and shadows that haven’t been shown in Argentina for years will play on brand-new copies. From now until January 28th, you can enjoy movies directed by the likes of Fritz Lang, Orson Welles, Elia Kazan, Sam Fuller, John Huston and Robert Siodmak and many more. You can check out the full list here. General tickets are AR $60. Students and retirees pay half, and there’s 2×1 with La Nación discount card.

MALBA | Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415

Cute Monsters

Where the Wild Things Are (2009). Photo via kinja-img.com
Where the Wild Things Are (2009). Photo via kinja-img.com

The Centro Cultural Recoleta chose movies starred by monsters that are hard to classify as purely terror films. After Gremlins last week, the deck of the cultural space is playing Where the Wild Things Are, the Spike Jonze’s 2009 film based on the children’s picture book by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, on January 20th. Critters, a comedy horror classic from 1986 starring M. Emmett Walsh and Dee Wallace, will be played the following week, on January 27th. Tickets are free. Movies begin at 9 PM and the event is cancelled if it rains.

Centro Cultural Recoleta | Junín 1930

Summer Music & Cinema

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Photo via facebook.com

As part of the Verano desafectado program, the Matienzo Cultural Space invited Argentine artist Joaquín Aras to curate an event that will take place at 7:30pm every Sunday this month, from January 15th. Aras presents a selection of younger, darker more unconventional movies, accompanied by music, videos and other surprise twists. Starting things off on the 15th is a showing of The Doom Generation and Invocation of my demon brother alongside the tunes of Marilyn Manson and White Zombie, to name a few. The following week brings us Cecil B Demented and Cinema of transgression to the soundtrack of Lydia Lunch, Sonic Youth, Black Flag and Public Enemy. Finally, to top it all off, the final week closing things off with Clerks.

Centro Cultural Matienzo |

Hayao Miyazaki

The Castle in the Sky (1986). Photo via vaguevisages.wordpress.com
The Castle in the Sky (1986). Photo via vaguevisages.wordpress.com

The work of Japanese artist Hayao Miyazaki is probably among of the most remarkable in the world of animation and storytelling. Every Thursday during January, you have the chance to see some of his movies at La Gran Jaime. Princess Mononoke and Castle in the Sky will play on January 19th and January 26th, respectively. Free tickets are available on site from 7 PM.

La Gran Jaime | Aráoz 832 | Doors close at 9.15 PM and movie begins at 9.30 PM

Nouvelle Vague

Pickpocket (Robert Bresson, 1959). Photo via bp.blogspot.com
Pickpocket (Robert Bresson, 1959). Photo via bp.blogspot.com

Nouvelle vague directors have undoubtedly left their mark on film. As former critics at the Cahiers du Cinéma magazine, this group have directed movies that have elicited a range of reactions from that of widespread acclaim to that of downright despise. In collaboration with the Institut Français and the Palais de Glace, the National Palace of Arts in Buenos Aires will play a selection of French movies directed by these influential artists. Works of art by Jean Renoir, Marcel Carné, Robert Bresson and Jacques Becker, just to name a few, are available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until February 26th. See the complete schedule here.

Palais de Glace | Posadas 1725 | Avenida del Libertador 1248

Movies You Want To See Again

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CM Cinéfilo, an Argentine journalist and film buff, has teamed up with You Know My Name to show a different movie every Thursday of January. Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, 1996) and David Bowie’s classic Labyrinth (1986) are playing on January 19th and January 26th, respectively. The bar opens at 7.30 PM, and the movie starts at 8.30 PM. Details here.

You know my name | Marcelo T. de Alvear 1540

Open Air Cinema

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The Nuestros Hijos cultural space is playing classic movies from the 60s and 70s every Thursday at 8 PM during January, February and March, at the Museum of Memory and Human Rights (ex ESMA). By making a small donation, you’ll have access to your very own cinema under the stars, where you can watch movies like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Rear Window, Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt and Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata, among others. See the complete setlist here.

Museum of Memory and Human Rights (ex ESMA) | Avenida del Libertador 8151