The Buenos Aires International Film Festival (19 - 30 April 2017), which plays a key role for the South Amerian region, is also opening with a German film after the festival in Guadalajara kicked off with a film 'made in Germany': CASTING by Nicolas Wackerbarth will be shown as an American premiere, with the director serving as a member of the International Jury. The very strong German presence in the program includes, among other things, the world premiere of Roderick Warich's 2557 in the International Competition, the animated film RICHARD THE STORK by Toby Genkel and Reza Memari as well as a Focus on Heinz Emigholz. There will be a total of 25 German films and co-productions.

CASTING (SWR), which celebrated its world premiere at this year's Forum during the Berlinale and will have its international premiere in Istanbul, is a cinematic experiment. The actors improvised on the set without resorting to a detailed screenplay. But it was basically about the struggle to cast the main actress. The director Vera is due to make her first TV movie, a remake of Fassbinder's THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT and is looking for the perfect cast. But shortly before the first day of shooting and after numerous casting sessions, she still hasn't found the main actress.

The festival in Buenos Aires has placed its focus on innovative films by young independent filmmakers. This characterisation applies to CASTING as well as to 2557 (2557-Films, Film Academy Baden-Württemberg) which will be given a prominent launch as a world premiere in the International Competition. The feature film directorial debut by Roderick Warich, whose previous credits include the screenplay for THE COUNCIL OF BIRDS, tells the story of a young Thai woman who is drawn into a violently escalating conflict between her Thai and expat friends - Bangkok small time crooks all of them.

Animated films from Germany are making a great impact on an international level. This is proven once again by RICHARD THE STORK by Toby Genkel and Reza Memari (DE/BE/LU/NO, Knudsen & Streuber Medienmanufaktur, Ulysses Filmproduktion) about the sparrow, Richard, who is adopted by a family of storks. The 3D production by the makers of the internationally successful OOOPS! NOAH IS GONE... is screening in the BAFICITO sidebar dedicated to films for children and young people; it had already been shown at the Berlinale and the important TIFF Kids children's film festival in Toronto.

All of the German films and co-productions at BAFICI 2017…

Maike Schantz (Regional Coordinator South America)
Birgit Koch (Press & PR)