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Diego Batlle

Diego Batlle covers Argentina for Screen.

  • Admissions down by just 1% in Argentina in 2008

    15-Jan-2009

    Cinema attendance figures in Argentina dropped by an estimated 1% in 2008. The period saw 34.2 million admissions as opposed to 34.5 million in 2007.However, total box office gross was 18% up from last year because of a 20% rise in the average ticket price, according to provisional figures from Nielsen EDI Argentina and Ultracine.Hollywood blockbusters took a 79.9 % share of the market (82.1 % in the same period of 2007), ...
  • Latin film market to launch backed by INCAA, Cannes Marche

    14-Jan-2009

    Liliana Mazure, president of the Argentinian Film Institute (INCAA), and Jerôme Paillard, head of Cannes' Marche du Film, announced this Tuesday in Buenos Aires that the city will host a new film market for Latin American productions. The three-day event will be right after the Mar del Plata Film Festival (Nov. 5-15) and the idea is to attract 200 buyers and producers from Europe, Asia and the US.'The Buenos Aires market ...
  • The Headless Woman and Aniceto triumph at Argentinian Film Awards

    16-Dec-2008

    The Argentinian Academy of Film Arts and Science has awarded Lucrecia Martel's The Headless Woman with three Sur prizes (out of 11 nominations); including best film, best director and best original script in Buenos Aires on Monday.
  • Japan claims top prizes at Mar Del Plata

    16-Nov-2008

    Japanese films dominated the awards at the 23rd Mar del Plata Film Festival. Hirokazu Kore-eda received the Golden Astor prize for Still Walking, while Kiyoshi Kurosawa was named best director for
  • The Hurt Locker kicks off 23rd Mar del Plata Film Festival

    30-Oct-2008

    The 23rd Mar del Plata Film Festival, which takes place in Mar del Plata, Argentina from Nov. 6-16, has announced that the festival will open with Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq bomb squad movie The Hurt Locker with Bigelow and writer Mark Boal in attendance.Latin America's only FIAPF classified A-level festival will screen 388 features and shorts, closing with Kim Ki Duk's Breath.A jury composed ...
  • Argentina opts for Pablo Trapero's Lion's Den as Oscar entry

    26-Sep-2008

    The Argentinian Academy of Film Arts and Science has selected Pablo Trapero's fifth feature Leonera (Lion's Den) as its submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 81st Academy Awards.Trapero's film received 29 votes; Leonardo Favio's Aniceto, 19, and Daniel Burman's Empty Nest, 14Leonera ...
  • Admisions down 8% in Argentina for first six months 2008

    3-Jul-2008

    Cinema attendance figures in Argentina dropped by an estimated 8% for the first half of 2008. The period saw 16.7 million admissions as opposed to 18.2 million in 2007.However, total box office gross was 11% up from last year because of a 23% rise in the average ticket price. Hollywood blockbusters took a 80.8% share of the market (84.8% in the same period of 2007), local productions logged 6% (from last year's 4.4%), while European, Asian and other Latin American ...
  • Latin America - Argentina

    2-May-2008

    Buenos Aires alone hosted 18 feature films last year, of which three were international productions, including James Ivory's The City Of Your Final Destination. And productivity looks to be continuing into 2008 with Francis Ford Coppola in town this month to shoot immigration drama Tetro.
  • Argentina's San Luis festival announces inaugural lineup

    10-Oct-2007

    The San Luis International Film Festival has announced the line-up of its first edition (Nov 16-25). The $ 0.7m Argentinian festival will open with veteran Sidney Lumet's new thriller Before the Devil Knows You're Dead and will close with Bille August's Goodbye Bafana, both to be shown out of competition.Among the international guests expected to attend are David Cronenberg and Viggo ...
  • XXY is Argentinian foreign-language Oscar nomination

    28-Sep-2007

    Lucia Puenzo'sfirst feature XXYhas been selected as the Argentinian submission for the foreign-language film category at next year's Academy Awards. The ...
  • Ricardo Darin's directorial debut hits big at Argentina's box office

    17-Sep-2007

    Ricardo Darin's directorial debut The Signal (La Senal), topped the Argentinian box office over the weekend with 105,000 admissions in its first four days of release on 62 screens. The $2.5m Argentina-Spain co-production accounted for 27.4% of audiences at the weekend and beat openings for Hollywood fare like The Simpsons Movie, Die Hard 4.0 and
  • Argentina - Returning to look at the light side

    14-Sep-2007

    Anahi Berneri is at the vanguard of a new generation of female directors in Argentina that also includes Lucrecia Martel, Lucia Cedron and Ana Katz. Her debut feature, A Year Without Love (Un Ano Sim Amor) won the Teddy award at the 2005 Berlinale for its depiction of a writer dying of Aids who is searching for a cure, and sold widely around the world. It won plaudits for its sensitive handling of a difficult subject.
  • Argentina - Chasing foreign interest

    8-Sep-2007

    Directors Lucrecia Martel, Pablo Trapero and Daniel Burman were all key figures in the emergence of Argentinian cinema on the international scene a decade ago. All three are now in production on new projects, with an array of foreign partners.
  • Argentinian film-makers supported by Fonds Sud, Ibermedia

    8-Aug-2007

    Lucrecia Martel, Daniel Burman, Pablo Trapero, Lisandro Alonso and other 13 Argentinian directors have received support in the latest round of funding by France's Fonds Sud and Iberoamerican film fund Ibermedia Program.At its latest meeting in Buenos Aires, Ibermedia announced the winners of its first annual round for a total amount of $2m. The program, funded by 17 Iberoamerican countries, selected 62 out of 114 evaluated projects from Spain, Portugal and Latin America.
  • Mar del Plata plans date shift from March to Dec as of 2008

    8-Aug-2007

    Jorge Alvarez, president of the National Film Institute (INCAA), whichruns the Mar del Plata Film Festival in Argentina, has announced that the INCAA is planning to movethe festival dates from March to Nov or Dec as of next year.INCAA has approached the International Federation of Film ProducersAssociations (FIAPF), the regulator of A-level international filmfestivals, to endorse the date change. 'Our next edition will probably run in December 2008', Alvarezsaid.Argentina ...
  • Admissions down in Argentina by 7% in first half of 2007

    30-Jun-2007

    Admissions figures in Argentina dropped by an estimated 7% for the first half of 2007. The period saw 18.2m admissions as opposed to 19.5m in 2006.However, total box office was up 15.5% from the same period last year because of the rise in the average ticket price from $2.65 to $3.25. Hollywood blockbusters took an 84.8% share of the market (87.8% in the same period of 2006), local productions logged 4.4% (from last year's 4.1%), while European, Asian and other ...
  • Ana Katz: the wandering star

    29-Jun-2007

    The Argentinian winner of San Sebastian's Films in Progress proved a true labour of love. Diego Batlle talks to the film's director.
  • Family business

    1-Jun-2007

    The daughter of film-maker Luis Puenzo has emerged as an exciting international talent with Cannes favourite XXY. Diego Batlle reports.
  • Korean drama In Between Days wins top prize at Buenos Aires

    15-Apr-2007

    Korean So Yong-kim's first feature shot in Canada, In Between Days, won the best film and best actress prizes in the international competition at the ninth Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (BAFICI).Argentinian film-makers Federico Leon and Marcos Martinez took the Special Jury Award for Estrellas (Stars), while Portugal's Hugo Vieira da Silva received the best director ...
  • In Between Days wins top prize at BAFICI in Argentina

    15-Apr-2007

    Korean So Yong-kim's first feature In Between Days won the prices for best film and best actress in the international competition at the ninth Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (BAFICI).Argentinian film-makers Federico Leon and Marcos Martinez took the Special Jury Award for Estrellas (Stars), while Portugal's Hugo Vieira da Silva received the best director award for
  • Costa Rican film-maker wins Buenos Aires Film Lab

    11-Apr-2007

    Agua Fria Del Mar (Cold Water of the Sea), a project by Costa Rica's Paz Fabrega, won the first prize of the fourth Buenos Aires Lab (BAL), which ended on Sunday as part of the Buenos Aires Film Festival (BAFICI). The prize was presented by European cultural TV network Arte and consists of a cash award (Eu5.000) in addition to free production and post-production services.Other winners ...
  • Buenos Aires to welcome 150 international guests to first Inter-Cine

    2-Apr-2007

    The 9th Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (BAFICI) will kick off tomorrow with plans to show 470 features and shorts in 13 days.
  • Argentinian location: San Luis

    23-Mar-2007

    Six years ago the government of San Luis - population 370,000 - took the bold step of launching financial incentives to attract local and overseas productions to the province.
  • Latin American locations: Argentina

    23-Mar-2007

    Since the economic meltdown of 2002, Argentina has seen an upturn in foreign shoots as producers seek to take advantage of low costs while utilising the territory's stunning locations.
  • Latin American locations: Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay

    23-Mar-2007

    Chile is making every effort to compete with Argentina in attracting foreign production spend. In November last year a new commission, FilmChile, was set up with offices in Santiago and New York to assist film-makers. The territory can offer low costs, skilled bilingual production crews, post-production facilities and a fully developed communications infrastructure.
  • Set report: The City Of Your Final Destination

    23-Mar-2007

    It is January in Argentina's isolated Pampas region but El Destino, an authentic hacienda from 1890, is a hive of activity. The principal shooting location of James Ivory's The City Of Your Final Destination is 100 miles outside Buenos Aires, and while the 120-strong crew consists of people from a range of different countries, the sense of on-set cohesion and camaraderie is immediately clear.
  • The City Of Your Final Destination: Anthony Hopkins

    23-Mar-2007

    How was the experience of shooting in Argentina'Great. This place is like paradise with its beautiful old haciendas, amazing gardens and gaucho traditions. I've spent New Year's Eve and my birthday here.
  • The City Of Your Final Destination: James Ivory

    23-Mar-2007

    How do you feel working without Ismail Merchant for the first time'We miss his energy. He was in all the details without ever losing his sense of humour. He was laughing all the time. There is a sense of sadness, loss and emptiness, but Paul (Bradley), Richard (Hawley) and all the team are doing a wonderful job with a fantastic spirit. No one wants to fill his shoes because they are much too big. What Ismail had built survived him.
  • Europeans dominate Mar del Plata prizes

    18-Mar-2007

    European films dominated the awards at the 22nd Mar del Plata Film Festival, which closed yesterday with a record attendance of 190,000 spectators.Catalan film-maker Cesc Gay received the Golden Astor prize for Fiction, a drama about a director trying to finish the script of his next movie at a friend's house in a small mountain village.The jury headed by American director Charles Burnett awarded the Special Jury Prize to ...
  • Argentina - Father figure

    16-Mar-2007

    Talented young Argentinian director Ariel Rotter premiered his first feature, Just For Today (Solo Por Hoy), at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2001.
  • Argentinian co-productions go global, new deals announced

    13-Mar-2007

    Argentina's film institute (INCAA) announced at Mar del Plata Film Festival new co-production agreements with China, Israel, France, Germany and Switzerland to be signed in the next weeks.
  • Argentina to sign co-production deals with China, France others

    12-Mar-2007

    Argentina's film institute INCAA announced at the Mar del Plata Film Festival yesterday that new co-production agreements were due to be signed with China, Israel, France, Germany and Switzerland in the coming weeks.'We are very hopeful about the future. We signed a similar agreement with Spain four years ago, and now more than 50% of Argentinian films are co-financed by Spanish companies,' INCAA's president Jorge Alvarez told Screendaily.com.Alvarez also praised ...
  • Mar Del Plata introduces Latin American competition, fund plans

    6-Mar-2007

    The 22nd Mar del Plata Film Festival will kick off Thursday with plans to show more than 300 features and shorts.
  • 120 features, 180 shorts to screen at Mar del Plata

    8-Feb-2007

    The 22nd Mar del Plata International Film Festival (March 8-18) has announced its line-up.
  • $50,000 cash prize for Latin American films launched

    25-Jan-2007

    The 22nd Mar del Plata International Film Festival (March 8-18) is set to launch the Ernesto Che Guevara prize with a cash award of $50,000 for Best Film in a new section reserved for first and second Latin American features and documentaries, which will run parallel to the official competition.
  • Caetano set for $10m drug war epic Leopard

    8-Jan-2007

    Acclaimed Uruguayan-born film-maker Israel Adrian Caetano, whose Chronicle Of An Escape was a hit in Cannes competition last year, is to direct $10m Argentina/France/US co-production Leopard In The Sun. The film is based on Laura Restrepo's best-selling 1993 novel about a feud between two Colombian drug families which escalates into a bloody, high-stakes war.Fernando Sulichin's Paris-based ...
  • Argentinian admissions fall but ticket price rises boost box office

    26-Dec-2006

    Cinema attendance figures in Argentina dropped by an estimated 1.6% in 2006.
  • The Hands dominates Argentinian Academy Awards

    14-Dec-2006

    The Argentinian Academy ofFilm Arts and Sciences awarded Alejandro Doria's The Hands (Las Manos) with eight Sur prizes, including best film,director, actor (Jorge Marrale) and actress (Graciela Borges), at a gala heldin Buenos Aires on Tuesday.
  • Spanish producers partner in Argentinian production outfits

    4-Dec-2006

    Two new production companies have been launched inArgentina with the backing of Spanish partners.Pampa Films is owned by Pablo Bossi --former president ofleading production house Patagonik Film Group-- in association with directorJuan Pablo Buscarini and renowned Spanish producers Julio and Carlos ...
  • Argentine actor Darin to direct The Signal

    29-Nov-2006

    Ricardo Darin, Argentina's most renowned actor, announced he willdirect his first film, The Signal, a film-noir set in 1950s Buenos Aires.The Signal, based on Eduardo Mignogna's 2002 best-seller novel, wasready to begin shooting this December, but Mignogna died on ...
  • Sergio Renan finishing Argentina shoot for new feature

    21-Nov-2006

  • Buenos Aires boasts record production levels

    14-Nov-2006

    Buenos Aires film industry is enjoying record growth and increasing profits.
  • Argentinian director Eduardo Mignogna dies aged 66

    9-Oct-2006

    AcclaimedArgentinian director and writer Eduardo Mignogna died October 8 of cancer in BuenosAires. He was 66.
  • Argentinian director Eduardo Mignogna dies at 66

    6-Oct-2006

    AcclaimedArgentinian director and writer Eduardo Mignogna died today of cancer in BuenosAires. He was 66.
  • Martel's third film Headless Woman to shoot next March

    5-Oct-2006

    Acclaimed Argentiniandirector Lucrecia Martel is set to shoot her third film La Mujer Sin Cabeza (The Headless Woman) next March.
  • Argentina goes for Family Law as Oscar hopeful

    29-Sep-2006

    The Argentinian Academy of Film Arts and Science hasselected Daniel Burman's fifth feature Family Law as its submission for the foreign language filmcategory at next year's Academy Awards.The E1.7 million Argentinian-French-Spanish-Italianco-production follows a justice department official ...
  • Babenco to start shooting The Past on Monday

    12-Jul-2006

    Argentinian-bornBrazil based director Hector Babenco will start shooting his long-awaited ninthfilm, The Past, on Monday inBuenos Aires. Based on thebest-selling 551-page novel by Alan Pauls, winner of the prestigious HerraldePrize, The Past centres ...
  • Uruguayan film-maker Rebella commits suicide at 32

    7-Jul-2006

    Juan Pablo Rebella, one ofLatin America's most talented young screenwriters and directors, is reported tohave committed suicide yesterday. His body was found at his house inMontevideo, Uruguay. He was only 32.
  • Uruguayan film-maker Rebella commits suicide at 32

    6-Jul-2006

    Juan Pablo Rebella,one of Latin America's most talented young screenwriters and directors, isreported to have committed suicide yesterday. His body was found at his housein Montevideo, Uruguay. He was only 32.Rebella and hislongtime collaborator Pablo Stoll ...
  • Argentina enjoys big box office rise for first six months

    5-Jul-2006

    Nielsen EDI and Dis-Service reported a 16%year-on-year increase in admissions and 33.8% rise in box office takings forthe first half of 2006 in the Argentinian market.The period saw some 19.5 million admissions as opposedto 16.8 million for the first six months of 2005. However, ...
  • Fabian Bielinsky dies of heart attack at the age of 47

    30-Jun-2006

    Argentinian screenwriter anddirector Fabian Bielinsky died yesterday in Brazil at 47 of a heart attack. Hewas in Sao Paulo to attend a casting session for a new commercial he was aboutto shoot.
  • Mexican documentary wins Buenos Aires top prize

    23-Apr-2006

    Mexican Juan Carlos Rulfo's documentary In the Pit (En elHoyo)won the prize for best film in the internationalcompetition at the eighth Buenos Aires International Festival of IndependentCinema (BAFICI), while German Valeska Grisebach's Longing took theSpecial Jury Award, Argentinian ...
  • Buenos Aires festival kicks off with Rosell's Sofabed

    11-Apr-2006

    The eighth Buenos AiresInternational Festival of Independent Cinema (BAFICI) will kick off tonightwith plans to show 342 features and 145 shorts from 49 countries.The city-financed BAFICI is Argentina's biggest film event in terms of ...
  • Ice Age sequel breaks box-office record in Argentina

    4-Apr-2006

    Ice Age: The Meltdown scored the best ever opening in Argentina with 544,158 admissions from 155 screens in its first four-day weekend (March 30-April 2).
  • News From Afar takes best film prize at Mar del Plata

    20-Mar-2006

    Latin American filmsdominated the awards at the 21st Mar del Plata Film Festival, which closedyesterday with a record attendance of 150,000 spectators.Noticias Lejanas (News From Afar), Mexican Ricardo Benet's first feature film about a 17-year-old boy whohas grown up in a rural village ...
  • Mar Del Plata attracts record numbers

    17-Mar-2006

    The 21st Mar del Plata Film Festival has attracted morethan 100.000 spectators in its first seven days, confirming its place as LatinAmerica's leading film event.The Argentinian festival, running until next Sunday, hasalso seen an unprecedentedly large number of international guests; Tim Robbins,Susan ...
  • Gael Garcia Bernal to star in Hector Babenco film

    9-Feb-2006

    Gael GarciaBernal will star in the new Hector Babenco film, The Past (O Pasado),confirmed Oscar Kramer of Argentina's ShokFilms to Screen. Based on a novel by theArgentine ...
  • Argentinian New Wave looks beyond home for financing

    3-Feb-2006

    During the 1990s, awave of young film-makers emerged in Argentina who gained comparison on thefestival circuit with similar movements in Iran, Hong Kong, Thailand, Finlandand South Korea.
  • Narnia breaks all records in Argentina

    11-Jan-2006

    TheChronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe scored the best opening ever in Argentina with 460.489 admissions from173 screens in its first four-day weekend (Jan 5-8).
  • The Chronicles of Narnia is hit for Argentina

    11-Jan-2006

    TheChronicles of Narnia: TheLion, the Witch and the Wardrobe scored the best opening ever in Argentina with 460.489 admissions from 173 screensin its first four-day weekend (Jan 5-8).
  • Argentina experiencing film production boom

    9-Jan-2006

    In a country ravaged byeconomic and political disarray just over four years ago, Argentina iscurrently enjoying a film production boom.More than 70 feature anddocumentaries films were produced in 2005, up from 2004 (54) and 2003 (67).
  • Box office attendance in Argentina drops by 15% for 2005

    4-Jan-2006

    Cinema attendancefigures in Argentina dropped by an estimated 15% in 2005. The period saw 36million admissions as opposed to 42m in 2004, the biggest year for the localmarket in almost two decades. However, audiences were still up from 2003 bythree million admissions and from 2002 ...
  • More multiplex cinemas planned for Argentina

    7-Dec-2005

    Village Cinemas opened anine-screen, 1.800 stadium-seating complex this weekin one of the fast-growing districts of Buenos Aires. This ...
  • International support backs Latin American film-makers

    23-Nov-2005

    New Latin American film-makers are to enjoy the support of a seriesof ambitious new development programmes backed by Argentinian foundations, foreignembassies, international funds and festivals.
  • Trio of local films dominate Argentine box office

    4-Oct-2005

    Local films enjoyed one of their best weekends in recent memory at Argentina's box-office,holding all three top spots in the local chart.Local moviestook an impressive 47 percent of total ticket sales over the weekend of Sept 30to Oct 2 and have dominated the market since the beginning of September.
  • Argentinean admissions plunge in first half of 2005

    19-Jul-2005

    Cinemaattendance figures in Argentina dropped by an estimated 24.5% in the first halfof 2005, according to provisional figures from Nielsen EDI and Dis-Service.

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