With October now behind us, it’s time to refresh our monthly film guide and open your eyes to the world of cinema that lies around every corner in Buenos Aires. As we discussed last month, Argentines love a good film series, and with all of the open rooftops and big screen viewings, remaining glued to your couch isn’t wildly justifiable, especially when some showings feature appearances from directors and producers alike. You can find an exhaustive list of ciclos here, but we want to give you a bit of insight into our top picks, which offer something a little more unique.
Teatro San Martín: All things Brazil
With the current political climate in Brazil, we thought it appropriate to bring to light some of the country’s freshest talent which will be exhibited at the Teatro San Martín from November 1-7. Located on Av. Corrientes, the San Martín it is one of the most prestigious theatres in Argentina, and its grandeur attracts millions of visitors every year, as does its impressive range of all things cinematic.
With sponsorship and collaboration from the Brazilian Embassy in Argentina, this encounter with Brazilian cinema will consist of seven recent feature films not yet premiered in Argentina, representative of its diverse and budding film production talent, with several holding awards from prestigious international festivals, such as Venice or San Sebastian.
With daily showings at 4.30 PM and 7 PM, the first screening will be ELIS (2016), directed by Hugo Prata, which covers the life of the famous Brazilian singer Elis Regina and her growing national and global success. Avoiding the glorification of this big star, the film does not only focus on her success but also reveals the personal conflicts she experienced from an early age: from the stormy relationship with the music producer Ronaldo Boscolo, to threats from the military junta.
Independent and artist coverages of contemporary topics in Brazil, this ciclo is a celebration of talent and will open your eyes to life behind our borders. Both a thought-provoking yet challenging series, it is definitely an event to mark on your calendar.
El Cultural San Martín: Harry Potter Madness
A calling to all J.K. Rowling mega-fans, the Cultural San Martin will be hosting a Harry Potter saga, embracing all things related to both muggles and wizards alike. Whether you were emotionally involved in Harry’s struggle against Lord Voldemort or committed to unravelling the mystery of the sorcerer’s stone, you are now able to relive Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s journey in a movie-marathon right here in Argentina.
From the Philosopher’s Stone to the Deathly Hallows, the Cultural San Martín will transform into a real-life Hogwarts, giving you the opportunity to relive your childhood and immerse yourself in some silver screen magic.
Make sure you check out the timetable soon – this three-day extravaganza starts this Friday and by Monday will be nothing but a distant memory.
Astor Piazzolla hits MALBA
Defined by its impressive permanent collection and a constant stream of new and exciting exhibitions, MALBA is located on Palermo’s historic and tranquil Av. Figueroa Alcorta and is normally top of the list of any tourist’s cultural spots to visit. Not only notorious for its art, however, MALBA also hosts events celebrating film, screening inspiring and original content on anything from people to politics.
Although not technically a series, throughout November, MALBA will be screening a documentary on Astor Piazzolla, the legendary Argentine bandoneón player who revolutionized Argentine music – from tango and beyond. A film about passions, art, family and the mysteries of creation, it will be led by his son, who believes that his father’s life “had the perfect structure for a film, fishing for sharks, composing music and going out to perform.”
With the first screening on Sunday, November 11th at 10 PM, it is the perfect way to end the week and avoid those Sunday scaries.
Crêpas Cinema Club: Classics Central
With eight out of 10 of their film screenings sold out last month, it isn’t surprising that Crêpas Cinema Club is popular among the crowds. Located in the heart of Palermo Soho, Crêpas offers a beautiful and spacious rooftop where it screens all-time favorite classics while serving treats and drinks to connect all the senses.
From musicals such as La La Land and The Lion King to cult classics like Casablanca and Fight Club, there’s something in it for everyone. Just make sure you book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
- Monday, November 5: Midnight in Paris (2011) – Woody Allen
- Tuesday, November 6: Girl Interrupted (1999) – James Mangold
- Thursday, November 8: Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982) – Alan Parker
- Monday, November 12: La La Land (2016) – Damien Chazelle
- Wednesday, November 14: Casablanca (1942) – Michael Curtiz
- Thursday, November 15: Into the Wild (2007) – Sean Penn
- Wednesday, November 21: Grease: 40th Anniversary Special Edition (1978) – Randal Kleiser
- Thursday, November 22: Lion King (1994) – Rob Minkoff
- Monday, November 26: Little Women (1994) – Gillian Armstrong
- Wednesday, November 28: Fight Club (1999) – David Fincher
Congo Garden Films
Returning back to its jungle-like garden patio, Congo Films has refreshed its screening schedule and it hasn’t failed to impress. With Pink Floyd – The Wall (November 7th), Beetlejuice (November 21st) and Trainspotting (November 28th), the films are perfectly spread out over the month, giving us the chance to digest the first movie before moving onto the next.
Notorious for its abundance of delicious food and drinks, turn-up to Congo a little earlier and indulge before sitting down and immersing yourself in the movies. This way you’ll get the pre-film chatter out of the way as well (hey, #etiquette is a thing, remember?).
Note: All films have English subtitles. In case of bad weather, the function is rescheduled and new information will be given with prior notice.