Local director Gary Burns honoured in argentina
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Gary Burns might be the acerbic bard of suburbia when it comes to North American audiences, but how will he play in Buenos Aires?
The Calgary director was off to South America Wednesday afternoon, en route to the International Festival of Independent Cinema of Buenos Aires (BAFICI), where they’re showcasing Burns’ work with a career retrospective. They’re also hosting the world premiere of The Future is Now!, the new film he codirected with CBC Radio’s Jim Brown),
All six of Burns’ features — The Suburbanators, Kitchen Party, waydowntown, A Problem With Fear and Radiant City (also codirected with Brown) and The Future is Now! — will be screened three times, so Buenos Aires figures to be awash in images of Calgary for the next 10 days.
“It’s good,” the selfeffacing Burns said, when asked how he felt about being honoured. “It’s always good to have some positive feedback.”
Burns will be on hand to introduce each of the 18 screenings in Argentina, as well as being interviewed onstage.
He’s also sitting on the international jury, so he’ll have to watch 20 films.
Known for his smart, satirical style, Burns, who has never been to South America, is curious to see how his work will be received.
“It will be interesting to see how Buenos Aires audiences find Canadian suburbia.”
The Future is Now! will have its Canadian premiere at Toronto’s Hot Docs Festival in May, and Burns says the film should hit Calgary theatres in June or July.
Apart from wall-to-wall film festivals, Burns figures his Argentine sojourn (he’s going solo, leaving the family and co-director Brown at home) will feature two other aspects of Argentine life.
“(I’ll eat) a lot of meat,” he said, referring to that country’s status as a steak heaven. “I also want to get to a soccer match with River Plate.”