Buenos Aires ups fest fare

Event to feature 250 films from 33 countries

BUENOS AIRES — The fifth annual Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival will unspool April 16-26 with three local pics in the official competition.

Fest, the second largest in Argentina, will feature 250 films — up from 150 in 2002 — from 33 countries.

Fifteen pics, all by first- and second-time directors, will compete in the feature competition. From Argentina are Celina Murga’s “Ana y los otros” (Ana and the Others), Albertina Carri’s “Los rubios” (The Blonds) and Ezequiel Acuna’s “Nadar solo” (Swim Alone).

Also competing are “Japon” (Japan), by Mexico’s Carlos Reygadas; “The Death of Klinghoffer,” from Britain’s Penny Woolcock, “Madame Sata,” by Brazil’s Karim Ainouz; and films from Belgium, Canada, China, France, Italy, Mauritania, the Palestinian territories, South Korea and Thailand.

There also will be competitions for new Argentinean films, with nine entries including Cristian Pauls’ “Nocturno” (Nocturnal) and Sergio Bellotti’s “Sudeste” (Southeast), and for Argentine shorts, with 11 films signed up.

Films unspooling outside the competition include Gus Van Sant’s “Gerry,” Spike Lee’s “25th Hour,” David Cronenberg’s “Spider,” Larry Clark and Ed Lachman’s “Ken Park,” Aki Kaurismaki’s “The Man Without a Past” and Tsai Ming-Liang’s “The Skywalk Is Gone.”

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