MONTREAL, April 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce
that award-winning Calgary film writer and director Gary Burns will be
featured in a retrospective at the upcoming International Festival of
Independent Cinema of Buenos Aires (BAFICI). The Festival, which runs
from April 6 to 17, is showcasing Burns' six features (The Suburbanators, Kitchen Party, waydowntown, A Problem with Fear, Radiant City), including the world premiere of his latest film, The Future is Now!
"Canada's industry has long been producing directors who spark great
interest in the international festival circuit due to their commitment
to exploring new creative territory," said Carolle Brabant, Telefilm's Executive Director. "Congratulations to Gary Burns who
returns to the International Festival of Independent Cinema of Buenos
Aires with a full retrospective. And thank you to the BAFICI for
continually celebrating our filmmakers."
Director Gary Burns added: "It's a real honour and I look forward to reaching a South
American audience. It's my first full retrospective at an international
festival, so it's a big event for me. My films are linked thematically
as they all attempt to address the complexities of our urban/suburban
condition. Seeing them all screened over 10 days highlights, for myself
at least, will illustrate this through line in my work. It will be interesting to see if the themes resonate with
audiences in Buenos Aires."
Created in 1999, the influential BAFICI triggered the creation of
similar film festivals in countries like Chile (SanFic), Ecuador (Cero
Latitud) and Mexico (FICUNAM). Canadian directors whose works have been
exhibited at the Festival include: Reg Harkema, Mike Hoolboom, Denis
Côté, Yung Chang, Rafaël Ouellet and Peter Mettler. The winner of the
top prize for the 2007 edition was the US/Canada/South Korea production
In Between Days, directed by So Yong Kim.
This is the second international retrospective on Gary Burns.
Previously, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival invited Burns
to screen Kitchen Party, waydowntown and Problem with Fear in 2005, as part of its Forum of Independents.
Gary Burns' works have been very well received at Canadian film
festivals. His first feature film, The Suburbanators, debuted at the 1995 Toronto International Film Festival, where it
placed in the Top 10 Canadian films and was also invited to the
Sundance Film Festival in 1996. At the 1997 Vancouver International
Film Festival, he was awarded Best Emerging Director for Kitchen Party. His film waydowntown was given the Best Canadian Feature prize at the 2000 Toronto
International Film Festival. And his 2006 film, Radiant City, co-directed with Jim Brown, garnered the Special Jury Prize at the
Vancouver International Film Festival.
Telefilm Canada has provided financial support to all of Gary Burns'
features with the exception of Radiant City.
About Telefilm Canada
Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to developing and
promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry. Telefilm provides
financial support to the private sector to create distinctively
Canadian productions that appeal to domestic and international
audiences. Telefilm also administers the Canada Media Fund's programs.
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