Ten years ago, the Buenos Aires Intl. Independent Film Festival’s Buenos Aires Lab was Latin America’s first works-in-progress showcase, and now it’s undergoing a radical reboot and expanding internationally.
In 2014, BAL will link to a yet-to-be announced Latin American fest for joint projects-in-development workshops. The projects will be shown at a European fest, also yet-to-be revealed, boosting international visibility, say BAL directors Violeta Bava and Ilse Hughan.
What will not change is BAL’s hallmark mix of potential crossover fare, left-of-field titles, off-the-radar new talent and established young directors such as Rodrigo Moreno (The Minder), who presents Reimon, his first female-character-driven drama.
Santiago Palavecino’s Some Girls, Costa Rican Neto Villalobos’ dramedy “Por las plumas” and Claudio Marques and Marilia Hughes’ high school drama “After the Rain,” set during Brazil’s transition from dictatorship to democracy, are all building BAL buzz.
“Obra,” a stylish B&W title from cult Brazilian shorts helmer Gregorio Graziosi, may also turn heads, as could Chilean Maite Alberdi’s character-driven docu La Once, about old ladies having tea.
“BAL is about discovering new directors,” Bava says. “That will not change.”