The eighth Buenos AiresInternational Festival of Independent Cinema (BAFICI) will kick off tonightwith plans to show 342 features and 145 shorts from 49 countries.
The city-financed BAFICI is
An impressive list of 23 localfeatures will have their premiere during the 13-day festival. Sofacama (Sofabed),the long-awaited new work by Ulises Rosell starring Cecilia Roth, has been selected as theopening film.
The eighth BAFICI will hostthe third edition of its Buenos Aires Lab, the Latin-American co-productionmarket for independent cinema that launched LisandroAlonso's Los Muertos,Rodrigo Moreno's El Custodioand Paz Encina's Hamaca Paraguaya.
The five-day event (April12-16), backed by European companies like Arte (France), foreign embassies andlocal foundations, will host the Produire au Sud (To Produce in the South) seminar for ten young andemerging producers and scriptwriters, a co-production forum with one-to-onemeetings between 16 Latin American filmmakers previously selected and potentialinternational financiers, and pitching sessions for cash awards.
The lab also includes a workin progress session for Argentinian films currentlyfilming or in post-production, including Carmen Guarini'sAlia,Ernesto Baca's
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This year's festival focus andretrospectives are dedicated to the works of Abbas Kiarostami, Roberto Rossellini, Jan Svankmajer,Sharunas Bartas,Jean-Claude Biette, Kevin Brownlow,Bill Douglas, Paul Driessen, Jon Jost,Jonas Mekas, PerePortabella, Barry Purves, and Peter Watkins, as wellas a brief history of British, American, and Latin-American underground cinemas.