Buenos Aires indie fest sets record

Tickets sales best-ever, up 63% from last year

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- The Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema enjoyed record ticket sales this year.

A best-ever 170,000 tickets, a 63% increase from last year's gathering, were sold for the 1,000-plus screenings that took place across the Argentine capital during the 13-day event.

The best film in the international competition went to Mexican director Yulene Olaizola's documentary "Intimidades de Shakespeare y Victor Hugo." In the Argentine film section, "Unidad 25" by Alejo Hoijman took top honors.

Diao Yinan's Chinese drama "Night Train" earned the top jury prize along with a best actress nod for Liu Dan.

Top male acting honors went to Taiwan's Lee Kang Sheng for "Help Me Eros," which he also wrote and directed.

U.S. director Lance Hammer was named best director for his feature "Ballast," while John Gianvito received a special jury mention for his documentary "Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind," which also won in the human rights category.
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