Calgary Herald

Local director Gary Burns honoured in argentina

- STEPHEN HUNT

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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.”

 ?? Courtesy, Burns Film Ltd. ?? Liane Balaban, left, and Paul Ahmarani star in The Future is Now!, a film by Calgary director Gary Burns.
Courtesy, Burns Film Ltd. Liane Balaban, left, and Paul Ahmarani star in The Future is Now!, a film by Calgary director Gary Burns.
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Gary Burns

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