Having championed some of world cinema’s most groundbreaking cinematic New Waves over the past few years, the EEFF’s annual national focus returns in 2013. Following Armando Bo’s dark comic drama The LastElvis taking the EEFF’s top award in 2012, Bo returns to the festival as the EEFF’s Director in Residence as the festival presents a phenomenal selection of films from new Argentine directors, including the extraordinary, mystical debut from Pablo Trapero’s screenwriting partner Alejandro Fidel, The Wild Ones; Jazmin Lopez’s Leones, Mariano Llinás’s mind-bending meta-thriiler Extraordinary Stories; a selection of Argentina’s most vital short films; and a special rescreening of El Ultimo Elvis.
Join the EEFF at the Barbican for a discussion of what makes Argentina one of world cinema’s most important cinematic movements, and how the country has overcome military juntas and economic collapse to become a remarkably productive filmmaking powerhouse. With a panel featuring Armando Bo, Matias Pineiro, Alejandro Fidel, Sofia de Skalon (London Argentine Film Festival), the panel will accompany the London Premiere of Pineiro’s wonderful play on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Viola.
Argentinian director Esteban Sapir’s dystopian sci-fi tale, in which an evil media tycoon known as Mr.TV has stolen the voices of an entire city. His brainwashing has left the people unable to oppose his dastardly will. A marvelous pastiche of classic silent film, La Antena looks astonishing on the big screen, and in Esben and the Witch’s specially commissioned score has found the perfect sonic accompaniment.
La Antena is screening as EEFF 2013’s free outdoor screening, soundtracked by a specially commissioned score by Esben and the Witch – more details can be found here.
The emotive, tense and lustful nature of Piñeiro’s brilliant romantic drama is a snappy tale of a woman living and working with her boyfriend in Buenos Aires. Whilst helping her other half run his video piracy business, Viola comes into contact with the work of an all-girl theatre company that creates drama out of fragments of Shakespeare’s plays.
This screening will be preceded by a discussion of New Argentine Cinema in partnership with the London Argentine Film Festival, and featuring Matias Piñeiro (Viola), Alejando Fadel (The Wild Ones) and EEFF 2013 Director in Residence Armando Bo (El Ultimo Elvis).
More details on the panel are available here,
£10.50 (Online) £11.50 (Door) with tickets for both the panel and the screening available from the Barbican Cinema websitehere.
A major debut by a major new director. Having made his name as a regular collaborator with Pablo Trapero, co-writing Carancho and White Elephant, Alejandrop Fadel eschews the political thriller for something altogether more mythical. Five teenagers escape from a juvenile detention centre on the border between Córdoba and San Luis, killing a guard and escaping into the wilderness. The Wild Ones is a tale of youthful misadventure – complete with murder, drug use and sex – before transforming into a mystical search for freedom, grace and a union with the elements akin to that found in nature.
£9.50 Tickets available from the Rich Mix Cinema websitehere.
Jazmín López’s captivating debut feature is an elliptical meditation on social frameworks, human nature and the desperation to escape a mapped-out future. Five young friends descend into the forest. They immerse themselves in word games, play and seduction. Mysterious and elemental, López’s debut owes much to Borges and earns her comparisons with Terrence Malick, Gaspar Noe and, in the use of that auteur’s Steadicam operator, Gus Van Sant.
Followed by a Q&A with director Jazmín López.
Tickets available from the Rich Mix Cinema websitehere.
Tickets for the Sunday 7th July showing available from the Genesis cinema website here.
An adventure in storytelling, secret identities, missing persons, lost treasures, exotic beasts and desperate criminals, Extraordinary Stories is a playful and enchanting riff on cinema and memory. Director Mariano Llinás flits between three separate plotlines, following characters X, Z and H, who alternately steal a murdered man’s briefcase and go on the lam; begin to follow the cryptic clues, maps and legends of their former employer; and embark on a mysterious mission downriver in a hunt for monoliths from a defunct dystopian dream. A film unlike any other.
£9.50 Tickets will be available from the Rich Mix Cinema website here
The winner of the top award at EEFF 2012, Armando Bo returns to the UK for a repeat screening of his phenomenal debut film, which tells the story of a divorced singer (real life Elvis impersonator John McInerny) who lives as if he were the reincarnation of the King. Forced to care for his daughter after his ex-wife suffers an accident, the two begin to bond, but the dream of being Elvis remains all too powerful in this tale of obsession, delusion and brilliant musical performance. A powerful black comedy, with killer tunes.
£10.00 Tickets will be available from the Hackney Picturehouse website here
The Lakino Latin American Film Festival invites you to discover the comedy, suspense, and social satire of this fantastic selection of Argentine shorts. From an Argentine Ping Pong phenomenon to the largest tin mine in Bolivia, having a laugh and falling in love.
Augenblick (Gabriela Sofía Flores, Argentina 2013, 11 min.)
Nubes (Manuel Abramovich, Argentina 2012, 13 min.)