April 25, 2015

BAFICI 2015 - Awards

The Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival has finished and these are the winners of the 17th edition.

The Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) is one of the most important film festival in the city of Buenos Aires. Each year the organizers present a wide catalogue with the best independent films from Latin America and the rest of the world.

This year Asia had a great presence with eighteen films in the program. On the Opening Night the festival organized a free open air screen of “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” (Japan) from Isao Takahata. Later on the film was screen at local cinemas and all tickets were quickly sold-out. In the International Competition Asian films were presented, “Court” (India) by Chaitanya Tamhane and “Songs from the North” (South Korea, US, Portugal) by Soon-Mi Yoo. Another highlight of the festival was a special section dedicated to the North Korea Cinema.

Today the organizers of the festival reveal the winners of the 17th edition:

International Official Competition
Court by Chaitanya Tamhane
Best Film
Court” by Chaitanya Tamhane | India
La Princesa de Francia” by Matías Piñeiro | Argentina
Best DirectorNadav Lapid for “The Kindergarten Teacher” | Israel
Best ActorVivek Gomber for “Court” | India
Best ActressVerónica Lilinás by “La mujer de los perros” | Argentina
Especial Jury Prize
Songs from the North” by Soon-Mi Yoo | South Korea
Ela volta na quinta” by André Novais Olivera | Brazil

Argentine Official Competition
Placer y Martirio by José Celestino Campusano
Best Director - José Celestino Campusano for “Place y martirio”
Especial Mention – “Idilio” by Nicolás Aponte Aragón

Argentine Short Film Competition
First Prize – “Paseo” by Renzo Cozza
Second Prize – “Enfrentar animales salvajes” by Jerónimo Quevedo
Third Prize – “Atardecer” by Violeta Uman

Human Rights Competition
Best Film – “Over the Years” by Nikolaus Geyrhalter | Austria

Avant-Garde & Genre Competition
Grand Prize– “Léone, mere & fils” by Lucile Chaufour | France
Best Feature Film – “Letters to Max” by Eric Baudelaire | France
Best Short Film – “World of Tomorrow” by Don Hertzfeldt | US

Audience Award
Theeb by Naji Abu Nowar
BAFICITO – “Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods 3D” by Louis Clichy and Alexandre Astier | France, Belgium
Best Foreign Movie – “Theeb” by Naji Abu Nowar | UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Great Britain
Best Argentinian Movie – “Poner al rock de moda” by Santiago Charriere

Sebastián Nadilo

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