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Two Argentine movies make it to Berlinale’s official competition

Two Argentine movies — Celina Murga’s La tercera orilla and Benjamín Naishtat’s Historia del miedo — will compete for the coveted Golden Bear at the 64th edition of the Berlin Film Festival, to be held February 6 through 16.

Murga (whose film was made under the patronage of US director Martin Scorsese) has already shot the award-winning features Ana y los otros (2003) and Una semana solos (2007), yesterday said that, “I’m very happy, this is a huge step for a film director. Although I have already participated in big festivals, none was so important as the Berlinale’s Main Competition.”

In 2012, Murga was featured in the Berlinale’s Forum with her documentary Escuela Normal.

“Scorsese’s backing was very important to develop my film, mostly when it came to financing. He wrote very positive letters and got me in touch with people who helped me secure foreign financing,” Murga said.

Her new film, La tercera orilla, is the story of a teen boy torn between his father’s wishes and the path he wants to follow.

In Murga’s fiction, Nicolás, 17, is the illegitimate son of an influential physician in a small town in Argentina.

The doctor enjoys a good reputation, but he has two households: one shared with his wife and children, and another home with a woman who bore him three out-of-wedlock children.

Nicolás, the eldest illegitimate child, has been chosen by his father to be his successor in business and profession, exerting undue pressure on the boy and elliciting rejection and hatred.

An Argentine-German coproduction, La tercera orilla stars newcomer Alian Devetac and renowned Argentine playwright-director Daniel Veronese.

As for Naishtat, he is the author of five shorts made between 2007 and 2013. Historia del miedo (2014) marks his feature-length directorial début. Historia del miedo is billed as a choral movie about social reaction when confronted with primeval fear.

An Argentine-Uruguayan-German-French coproduction, Historia del miedo stars Jonathan Da Rosa, Claudia Cantero, Mirella Pascual, César Bordón and Tatiana Giménez.

The action takes place during a summer with sweltering temperatures in a city besieged by power cuts.

Deep inside, Historia del miedo is about people’s fears and how they are socially exposed in a context of uncertainty and chaos.

Herald staff with Télam

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