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Buenos Aires fest taps new chief

Sergio Wolf will replace Fernando Pena

BUENOS AIRES — Sergio Wolf has been named director of the Buenos Aires Intl. Festival of Independent Film, the biggest film event in Argentina.

He will replace critic-archivist-programmer Fernando Pena, who will step down Monday.

Hernan Lombardi, the city’s fledgling culture minister, named Wolf Friday at a press conference, easing concern the 10th edition of fest could suffer organizational and programming gaffes. Pena told Daily Variety days before his departure that he couldn’t send out invitations to the April 8-20 fest or finalize programming until his position was clarified.

Wolf comes to the post from a chief programming position at the fest under Pena’s management.

He co-directed “Yo no se que me han hecho tus ojos” (I Don’t Know What Your Eyes Did to Me), a Buenos Aires-laurelled feature docu about the life of Argentinean tango legend Ada Falcon, and co-wrote Anahi Berneri’s aging sex symbol tale “Encarnacion” and Ines de Oliveira Cezar’s “Extranjera.”

The fest has drawn an increasing number of visitors to see the latest pics out of Argentina, a hot spot for production in Latin America. It holds co-production and sales markets.

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