|5 films you should see at Argentine Film Festival London|
|Written by Ivan Radford|
|Thursday, 19 April 2012 08:08|
As you know from my excited blathering the other day, tonight sees the start of London's first Argentine film festival at Brixton's Ritzy cinema. The festival runs until Sunday evening, spanning eight films, several silent shorts and lots of wine and tango.
But if you're only able to head to Brixton for a single evening, which movies are the ones to watch? We run through the programme and pick out some favourites.
Here are the five films you should see at Argentine Film Festival London:
1. Chinese Take-Away
Ricardo Darin is a good enough reason to say anything - The Secret in Their Eyes star is a gritty, charming presence who can do grumpy and happy with equal spark. His latest, Un Cuento Chinco, sees him shack up with a lost Chinese exchange student for some life-changing quirkiness. It sold 1m tickets in its home country, making it an official box office smash. It's done the same at the Ritzy Brixton tonight and tomorrow, selling out both nights. Did I mention it has Ricardo Darin in it?
Whether you're a Woody Allen or Miranda July fan, you'll find something to enjoy in "Sidewalls", an offbeat tribute to the city of Buenas Aires. It follows Martín and Mariana, neighbours stacked up against each in the shoebox apartments of the city, who fail to meet and bond amid the town's random architectural sprawl. A touching, amusing look at the person across the street, Gustavo Taretto's debut is a beguilingly constructed romance.
3. Silent films
Silent films are becoming an increasing staple of film festivals and seasons. Some might say it's because of The Artist. I say it's because they're different, rarely screened (this is, in fact, their UK premiere) and a fascinating insight into the early days of cinema in another country. There's even some old newsreel footage in there as well.
4. Las Acacias
If you can't make it to Sunday's silent film selection, then this is the next best thing: there's barely any dialogue at all. Rubén, a craggy truck driver heading back home from Paraguay, reluctantly agrees to give a ride to Jacinta and her five year old daughter. What follows is a slow, engrossing journey across the border, during which barriers crumble, feelings are formed and cute babies sneeze. Adorable.
5. Caprichosos de San Telmo
Caprichosos de San Telmo follows the preparations for the San Telmo festival, as locals ready themselves for an explosion of colourful costumes and acrobatic choreography. Switching between a cast of changeable faces from a range of backgrounds, British/Canadian director Alison Murray fashions a documentary that celebrates the bond of carnival spirit, embodied by the murga. Can a dance once invented by African slaves really bring together and liberate modern, working class Argentines? Hell yes, it can.
For more on London's Argentine Film Festival, see the official site - or read our Argentine Film Festival reviews. Alternatively, check out our list of 5 films you should see at Argentine Film Festival London.