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Argentine Film Festival in London : 17-21 April

Argentine Film Festival in London : 17-21 April

The Argentine Film Festival, which launched in 2012 to sell-out success, returns for its second edition to 3 venues: Ritzy cinema, Hackney Picturehouse and Cineworld Haymarket and will feature an expanded programme of 10 contemporary features from and about Argentina, introduced by 10 short music films by Argentine film directors, and a new Nuevos Talentos section featuring 5 short films by Argentina’s most talented young directors.

Sofia Serbin de Skalon, the Festival’s Director said: “We’re delighted to be back for our second edition and excited to see what Londoners will make of the films selected this year. While some of the film’s subjects, such as football and wine, will be readily associated with Argentina, there are also a few surprises in store, especially with the new music shorts we’re introducing, and the features that explore some of the lesser-known parts of Argentina. “

Clare Binns, Director of Programming and Acquisitions at Picturehouse Cinemas, commented: “It’s been great to see how these films have connected with audiences in South London, and after the tremendous success of the festival last year we’re thrilled to add a second venue at Hackney. I know our colleagues at Cineworld are also eager to see how cinemagoers will respond to the festival at Haymarket.”
Programme information will be available at

Tickets will be on sale at the following:
Ritzy website  
Ritzy Box Office: 0871 902 5739
Hackney Picturehouse website:
Hackney Box Office: 0871 902 5734
Cineworld Haymarket website:
Cineworld Haymarket Box Office: 0871 200 200                   

The hit comedy ALL IN (La suerte en tus manos) by acclaimed Argentine director Daniel Burman, and starring the Oscar-winning musician and actor, Jorge Drexler, will open the second Argentine Film Festival, London this April 17-21st and will be one of 5 films to receive its UK premiere at the festival this year.

Opening Film: ALL IN (La suerte en tus manos), Dir: Daniel Burman,
Argentina, Spain 2012, 110 min.
UK premiere
Cast: Jorge Drexler, Valeria Bertuccelli, Norma Aleandro

Acclaimed Argentine director Daniel Burman’s latest crowd pleaser is a charming romantic comedy following neurotic divorced father Uriel (Jorge Drexler) as he negotiates the perils of love second time around. Winner Best Screenplay at Tribeca Film Festival 2012.

THE LOST WORLD CUP (Il mundial dimenticato): The True Incredible Story of the 1942 Patagonia World Soccer Championship, Lorenzo Garzella, Filippo Macelloni, Italy –Argentina 2011, 95 min.
UK premiere
Cast: Sergio Levinsky, Gary Lineker, Jorge Valdano

The discovery of unknown human remains on the outskirts of a small town in Patagonia opens up a gripping tale of personal ambition in the midst of World War II as the hidden story of a mysterious alternative football World Cup tournament is pieced together. Official Selection Venice Film Festival 2011.

SADOURNI’S BUTTERFLIES (Las mariposas de Sadourni), Dir: Dario Nardi, Argentina, UK, Italy, 2012, 94 min.
UK premiere
Cast: Antonella Costa, Christian Medrano

A circus dwarf with a prison record struggles to cope with life on the outside, in an imaginative, gorgeously photographed and surreal dramedy. Winner Best Director at Guadalajara Film Festival 2013.

MOUNT BAYO (Cerro Bayo), Dir: Victoria Galardi, Argentina, 2010, 86 min
UK premiere
Cast: Adriana Barraza, Inés Efrón, Nahuel Pérez Biscay

An unusual family in the Patagonian village of Mount Bayo is put to the test when an unexpected tragedy occurs, in this beautifully observed comedy of manners. Academy Award nominee Adriana Barraza leads an impressive cast.

WAYS OF WINE (El camino del vino), Dir: Nicolás Carreras, Argentina 2011, 95 min.
UK premiere
Cast: Charlie Arturaola, Pandora Anwyl

After losing his sense of taste, a sommelier embarks on a life-changing odyssey through the wine lands of Argentina, in this entertaining blending of documentary and fiction.

WHITE ELEPHANT (Elefante blanco), Dir: Pablo Trapero, Spain, Argentina, France 2012, 110 min
Cast: Ricardo Darín, Jérémie Renier, Martina Gusman

A nail-biting drama exploring the efforts of two Catholic priests to help the local people in one of Buenos Aires’ most dangerous slums. Directed by Pablo Trapero, and featuring Secret in their Eyes’ star Ricardo Darin. Official Selection Cannes Un Certain Regard 2012.

VILLEGAS, Dir: Gonzalo Tobal, Argentina-Netherlands-France, 2012, 99 min.
Cast: Esteban Lamothe, Esteban Bigliardi, Lucía Cavalloti, Paula Carruega

A beautifully performed Argentine road movie (with a terrific soundtrack) brings two contrasting personalities together as they journey to their hometown for a family funeral. Official Selection Cannes 2012, Out of Competition.

THE DEAD MAN AND BEING HAPPY (El muerto y ser feliz), Dir: Javier Rebollo, Spain-France-Argentina, 2012, 100 min.
Cast: José Sacristan, Roxana Blanco

A dying hitman, a stash of morphine, a car that’s seen better days – Spanish director Javier Rebollo offers a darkly humorous road movie on the possibilities of trying to escape that which you fear most. FIPRESCI and Best Actor Awards, San Sebastián Festival, 2012.

SOFIA TURNS 100 (Sofia cumple 100 años), Dir: Hernán Belón, Argentina-Spain, 2010, 89 min.

Few people live to be 100. But even fewer reach such a ripe age with the warmth, vitality and infectious humour of Sofia Yussen, the centenarian star of this documentary, who offers a unique insight into 100 years of Argentine history.

Director’s Showcase: THE MAN NEXT DOOR (El hombre de al lado), Dir: Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat, Argentina 2009, 103 min
Cast: Rafael Spregelburd, Daniel Aráoz, Eugenia Alonso

Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat’s brilliant, chic black comedy sees a stylish designer go to war with his coarse neighbour over the latter’s attempts to place a window in the dividing wall between their houses. Winner Best Cinematography Sundance 2010.

Each of the 10 features screening at Ritzy and Hackney will be preceded by a short music film each of which has been shot in a different location in Argentina.

Nuevos Talentos

5 short films from Argentina’s most talented new directors.

THE WEDDING PARTY (La fiesta del casamiento), Dir: Martín Morgenfeld, Gastón Margolin, Argentina 2011, 19 min. Cannes 2011.     
NULEPSY Dir: Jessica Sarah Rinland, U.K, 2010, 8 min.  Rotterdam 2013.  
NOELIA Dir: Maria Alché, Argentina 2012, 15 min. Rotterdam 2013.    
COULD SEE A PUMA (Pude ver un puma), Dir: Eduardo “Teddy” Williams, Argentina 2011, 17 min. Cannes 2011.
YEGUAS Y COTORRAS Dir: Natalia Garagiola, Argentina, 2012, 28 min. Cannes 2012.

Bonus Short

NOT AVAILABLE TODAY (Hoy no estoy), Dir: Gustavo Taretto, Argentina, 2007, 8 min.
Best Short Film Locarno 2007.
- Ends –

This event is supported by Latinos in London |

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