The revolution that lifted off when Pablo Trapero screened his debut, "Crane World," at the first Bafici in 1999 just hasn't stopped, notes BAL co-founder/director Ilse Hughan.
He snagged rave reviews at last year's Bafici with "Mauro," and is back at the lab with "I'm Not a Stranger," made for just $40,000.
26 Films in the new section Sportivo Bafici
, devoted to the relationship between sports and film
Bafici has even more Argentine world premieres than last year, both in a dedicated domestic competition and an international contest, in which two local world bows are feature debuts: Hernan Rosselli's hustler tale "Mauro," with post-production costs backed by the Buenos Aires government's Metropolitan Fund for Culture; and Juan Martin Hsu's immigrants drama "La Salada," winner of the San Sebastian Festival's 2013 pics in post Films in Progress.
Bafici artistic director Marcelo Panozzo points out that this year's event, in a nod to the World Cup year in football-mad Argentina, will re-launch a sports cinema section, Sportivo Bafici.
"First and foremost, that the majority of important Argentinean films from the past 15 years originated in Bafici
. Second, we screen 450 films, and in that selection there are films for everyone's taste.
On March 26, Buenos Aires' film fest Bafici
(April 10-21) will unveil a rich lineup and confirm details of Buenos Aires Lab Goes to Cannes: Bafici
Work in Progress (WIP), which screens the best of April's BAL pics on the Croisette on May 21.
This week's Buenos Aires' Bafici
Festival boasts a prestigious works-in-progress section, a BAL co-production forum and Puentes, a Europe-Latin America meet.