Argentine Film Comes to London

Argentine cinema is on the rise! Just take the Oscar triumph of The Secret In Their Eyes as example of this. So, the arrival of the first ever Argentine Film Festival in London this April couldn’t come at a better time.

Taking place from Thursday 19th April until Sunday 22nd at the Ritzy in Brixton, the 1st Argentine Film Festival of London showcases the latest in Argentine cinema – as well as a couple of nods to the country’s film history. Opening the festival will be Chinese Take-Away, a heart-warming comedy starring Ricardo Darín (star of The Secret In Their Eyes). There will be three films that gained many admirers at the BFI London Film Festival last year, those being Las Acacias, Back To Stay and Medianeras, all of which we’ve seen and highly recommend.

Additionally, there will be Los Caprichosos de San Telmo, a documentary about murga full of some amazing real-life characters; the hugely original love story Absent; The Last Summer of La Boyita, which is billed as being much more than just a coming-of-age story; director’s showcase The Mugger; as well as a night showing Argentine silent films from the 1920s. All in all, it looks like a great few days for cinema and/or Argentina lovers!


Thursday 19th April, 8.30pm (Opening Film)
Friday 20th April, 8pm
Chinese Take-Away (Un Cuento Chino)

Friday 20th April, 4.30pm
Las Acacias

Friday 20th April, 6.20pm
Los Caprichosos de San Telmo
Followed by DJ Sergio Schuchinsky upstairs at the Ritzy playing electronic cumbia and tango

Friday 20th April, 10pm
Absent (Ausente)

Saturday 21st April, 5pm
The Last Summer of La Boyita (El Último Verano de la Boyita)

Saturday 21st April, 7pm
Sunday 22nd April, 3pm
Back to Stay (Abrir Puertas y Ventanas)

Saturday 21st April, 9.05pm
Director’s Showcase
The Mugger (El Asaltante)

Sunday 22nd April, 5pm
Argentine Short Films from the Silent Era
Four short films:
Newsreel Film Revisa Valle
My Sorrel Horse (Mi Alazán Tostao)
Back To The Bulin (La Vuelta al Bulín)
Creole Mosaic (Mosaico Criollo)
Followed by live music upstairs at The Ritzy including demonstrations of different styles of tango

Saturday 21st April, 3pm
Sunday 22nd April, 8pm (Closing Film)
Followed by electro tango and a glass of wine for all ticket holders upstairs at The Ritzy

Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd April
Argentine Film Festival
Ritzy Picturehouse
Brixton Oval,
Coldharbour Lane,
London SW2 1JG
Tel: 0871 902 5739

More information on the films at argentinefilmfestival.com. Tickets can be bought from the Ritzy Picturehouse website.

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