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‘Fifi,’ ‘Bug,’ ‘Manakamana’ Win at Buenos Aires’ Bafici

13 April 2014 11:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – Mitra Farahani’s portrait of Iranian artist Bahamn Mohasses, “Fifi Howls With Happiness” topped the International Competition at the 16th Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (Bafici), which wrapped Sunday.

Distinguished with a wealth of local movies, however small, including a clutch of new titles, some popular though they didn’t end up in with a prize, and an international competition packed with gems, beginning with its best picture winner, the 16th Bafici looks set to go down a strong edition.

“Fifi” delivers a bracing portrait of Iranian artist Bahman Mohasses, and the vastly contrarian and contradictory nature of creative genius at large, presenting at once a caustic, dogmatic, seeringly mordant interviewee who has destroyed many of his paintings and shunned the limelight, but is still concerned about how the world views him and is finally persuaded to paint again.

Sold by Udi, first seen at Berlin Panorama Dokumente last year, »

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