Four Dutch (co)-productions at BAFICI
3 April 2019
Three Dutch productions and one Dutch minority co-production have been selected for the 2019 Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (BAFICI). The prestigious festival shows international premieres and screenings of feature films, documentaries throughout the city, as well as hosting talks and presentations from major figures in film.
For the Avant-Garde & Genre Competition, Retrospekt, directed by Esther Rots and produced by Rots Filmwerk, and Viva Matanzas, directed and produced by Dick Verhult, have been selected.
In Retrospekt, protagonist Mette’s care agency cannot provide support for Rineke, a victim of domestic violence. Mette welcomes her into her family – with life-changing consequences. Retrospekt world premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in the Contemporary World Cinema category and had its European premiere at the Berlinale (Forum) last February.
Viva Matanzas, celebrating its world premiere at BAFICI, is a comedy in which a town in Aragon commemorates the sea battle of the Bay of Matanzas (Cuba, 1628). A battle in which no one died, but freed two continents.
In the Human Rights Competition, Aboozar Amini’s Kabul, City in the Wind (produced by Silk Road Film Salon) will be presented. This documentary shows Kabul as seen through the daily lives of two kids and a bus driver, set against the background of a city destroyed by political and religious powers. Kabul, City in the Wind world premiered as official Opening Film of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).
Lastly, the International Competition presents Monos, directed by Alejandro Landes and co-produced by Lemming Film (NL). In Monos, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow on a faraway mountaintop. The film had its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival (USA) in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition, and was selected for Berlinale's Panorama.
The 21th edition of BAFICI 2019 takes place 3-14 April.
For more information:
Kabul, City in the Wind
Silk Road Film Salon
Sales: Rediance Film
Sales: Le Pacte