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The 5th Argentine Film Festival: Buenos Aires to London

SEEN is thrilled to announce the fifth Argentine Film Festival, from Thursday 18th until Sunday 21st August, bringing the best Argentine cinema to the capital. It will be taking place across four London venues: Curzon Soho, Curzon Bloomsbury, Picturehouse Central and the Ritzy, Brixton.

SEEN is thrilled to announce the fifth Argentine Film Festival, from Thursday 18th until Sunday 21st August, bringing the best Argentine cinema to the capital. It will be taking place across four London venues: Curzon Soho, Curzon Bloomsbury, Picturehouse Central and the Ritzy, Brixton.

Highlights of this year’s festival include a special double bill of Pablo Trapero’s first two films: Crane World (Mundon Grúa), about an unemployed middle-aged man trying to rebuild his life, that will be screened at Picturehouse Central on Saturday 20th August, and his classic tale of police corruption in Buenos Aires, El Bonaerense, presented by the director. London cineastes will have another chance to see his gripping and highly acclaimed thriller Carancho (The Vulture), starring Ricardo Darín. The opening night on Thursday, 18th August at Curzon Soho, will feature the London premiere of Pablo Trapero’s The Clan, a retelling of the incredible true crime story of Argentina’s Puccio family. The cast is led by Guillermo Francella (from the Oscar-winning The Secret in Their Eyes) as head of the Family, Arquimedes Puccio, With Peter Lanzani playing his son Alejandro, and Argentine actress Lili Popovich playing his wife Epifania. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Trapero.

Crane World
Crane World
El Bonaerense
El Bonaerense
Carancho
Carancho
The Clan
The Clan

Other highlights include the UK premiere of Ana Katz’s My Friend from the Park (Mi Amiga del Parque), a surprising comedy directed by Ariel Rotter about the stress and anxiety facing a new Mum left alone with her three-month-old baby; Incident Light (La Luz Incidente), Ariel Rotter’s 2015 film, beautifully shot in black and white and set against the dazzling backdrop of 1960s Buenos Aires, is about a young woman (Érica Rivas, the bride from smash hit Wild Tales), facing difficult choices and trying to rebuild her life after tragedy. This film slowly seeps into the subconscious, and lingers on alongside the memory of its magnificent soundtrack; and comedy drama Truman, winner of 5 Goya Awards (Spanish Academy Awards) in 2016, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Ricardo Darín), and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Javier Cámara), about two old friends who are reunited after years apart, when one of them discovers he has cancer.

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Truman
Truman

Closing the festival on Sunday, 21st August, will be the European premiere of Nico Casavecchia’s English-language romantic comedy Finding Sofía, starring Sam Huntington, Rafael Spregelburd and Andrea Carballo, that tells the story of Alex, an animation filmmaker, who decides to travel to Argentina to meet the mysterious Sofía, a girl he’s been chatting to online. His hopes of finding love and substance will be tested after finding Sofía living on an island in the Tigre, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, with her intimidating artist boyfriend Víctor and his assistant Flor. Alex, forced to be a fish out of water, has to capture Sofía’s interest or go back to his old life.

Finding Sofía
Finding Sofía

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During the film festival, you can immerse yourself fully in all things Argentine with a glass of Esquinas de Argento Malbec, available in all the bars at Picturehouse Central and the Ritzy, courtesy of the good folks at Bodega Argento.

As well as sampling the delicious wine, why not try out your tango moves for the full Argentine experience? Tango Light dancers will be stepping out with a performance Upstairs at the Ritzy on Saturday 20th from 5.30 pm, followed by a free tango class before the evening screenings. On Sunday 21st at 6pm a full tango flashmob will descend on Picturehouse Central for a performance and class before the screening of the festival’s closing film Finding Sofía.

5th Argentine Film Festival
London
18th – 21st August 2016
Venues: Curzon Soho, Curzon Bloomsbury, Picturehouse Central, Ritzy
www.argentinefilmfestival.com

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