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Significant presence of Swiss documentaries in Buenos Aires

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- The presence of no fewer than 13 Swiss documentaries is set to transform this year’s BAFICI into a special platform for Helvetian film

Significant presence of Swiss documentaries in Buenos Aires
Above And Below by Nicolas Steiner

This year’s BAFICI (Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival) will be transformed into a special platform for Swiss documentaries. The international competition will feature Above And Below [+see also:
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by Nicolas Steiner and French/Swiss/German co-production A German Youth [+see also:
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by Jean-Gabriel Périot, both of which have been chosen for Visions du réel 2015. The former made its debut at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the latter was premiered at this year’s Berlinale. All in all two important first screenings. Moving forward, Above and Below will be shown at Toronto Hot Docs in April, whilst A German Youth travels to Munich for the DOK Fest. The Panorama section, on the other hand, will include Spartans [+see also:
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interview: Nicolas Wadimoff
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by Nicolas Wadimoff and They Chased Me Through Arizona [+see also:
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interview: Matthias Huser
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by Matthias Huser, along with the two co-productions: The Wonders [+see also:
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interview: Alice Rohrwacher
interview: Tiziana Soudani
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by Alice Rohrwacher, and Sworn Virgin [+see also:
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Q&A: Laura Bispuri
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by Laura Bispuri.

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This year the Festival will include a ‘New Swiss Documentary’ section, developed in collaboration with Swiss Films, putting forward six films that have, rather impressively, already been screened at international film festivals. Two of the six documentaries made their international debut at the Locarno Film Festival. They are Broken Land [+see also:
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by Stéphanie Barbey and Luc Peterand The Shelter [+see also:
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interview: Fernand Melgar
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by Fernand Melgar (which will also be showing, along with Iraqi Odyssey [+see also:
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, in the DDHH – human rights competition). Another two premiered at the Zurich Film Festival and then went on to be shown at the Solothurn Film Festival: Dark Star - HR Gigers Welt [+see also:
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interview: Belinda Sallin
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by Belinda Sallin and Master and Vassal by Michele Cirigliano. The selection is completed by the discerning Iraqi Odyssey by Samir (premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and winner of the Best Asian Film Award in Abu Dhabi) and the captivating Sleepless in New York [+see also:
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interview: Christian Frei
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by Christian Frei which, since being premiered at Toronto Hot Docs, has basically been around the world: from Switzerland (Nyon, Locarno, Soletta) to Germany (Munich and Kassel), stopping off in Helsinki and Zagreb and finally ending up in Buenos Aires.

(Translated from Italian)

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