Argentine event focusses on young talent

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina’s 13th Buenos Aires Festival of Independent Film, unspools April 6-17 with a competitive lineup strong on new Latin American talent.

The fest will screen 426 films, bookended by the world premiere of Argentine actor Juan Minujin’s directorial debut “Vaquero,” about a dissatisfied actor, and Berlin-winning family drama “Nader and Simin, a Separation” by Iranian Asghar Farhadi.

The fest has become a showcase for Latin America, in particular exposing the latest out of Argentina, the biggest production market in the region. Many of the titles in competition are first and second efforts.

Nineteen titles will vie for film, director, actor and actress awards, and a special jury mention as well as the viewers’ vote in the international competition.

Argentina’s contingent includes Hermes Paralluelo’s “Yatasto,” about garbage scavengers in Argentina, and the politically charged “El estudiante” (The Student) by Santiago Mitre, a screenwriter on Pablo Trapero’s multi-laurelled “Lion’s Den” and “Carancho.”

Also from Latin America are Brazil’s “The Monsters,” a tale of art, friendship and music directed by Guto Parente, Luiz Pretti, Pedro Diogenes and Ricardo Pretti. There are two pics from Uruguay — actor Daniel Hendler’s directing debut “Norberto apenas tarde” (Norberto’s Deadline), about a man who takes up amateur dramatics, and Federico Veiroj’s “La vida util” (A Useful Life), about an overworked programmer at the Uruguayan Cinematheque who sets out in pursuit of a woman.

Guatemalan Julio Hernandez Cordon has the musician tale “Las marimbas del infierno” (Marimbas From Hell) in competition.

Other entries are American helmer Marie Losier’s feature debut, “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye”; Bulgarian Dragomir Sholev’s teen rebellion tale, “Shelter”; and Spaniard Mercedes Alvarez’s essay on the life of objects, “Mercado de futuros.”

France’s Geraldine Bajard has “The Edge,” about how an accident transforms a town, in competition, as does fellow countryman Sylvain George with immigrant docu “May They Rest in Revolt (Figures of Wars I).”

From Greece are Athina Rachel Tsangari’s character exploration “Attenberg,” plus Argyris Papadimitropoulos and Jan Vogel’s “Wasted Youth,” a look at Athens through the eyes of a young skater and a tired man.

Italian Michelangelo Frammartino is in with small town treatise “The Four Times” and Portugal’s Joao Nicolau has “The Sword and the Rose” about a indebted man who joins a gang of misfits making a living out of piracy.

Rounding out the slate are Romanian Marian Crisan’s road tale “Morgen,” Serbian Nikola Lezaic’s skater tale “Tilva Ros” and Japan’s Koki Yoshida with family drama “Household X.”

On jury duty for the international competish are Gary Burns, Henrik Hellstrom, Rose Kuo, Santiago Loza and Luis Minarro.

There are 11 films in the Argentina competish, including six debuts.

Entries include Nestor Frenkel’s look at home filmmaking in “Amateur,” Rodrigo Moreno’s “A Mysterious World,” a dark comedy about a man trying to pull his life together by buying a car after his wife asks for a separation, and Ivan Fund’s friendship story “Today I Felt No Fear.”

The 8th Buenos Aires Lab, one of the biggest markets for Europeans looking for Latin American co-production projects, will run April 7-11.

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