All articles by Diego Batlle

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    Admissions down by just 1% in Argentina in 2008

    2009-01-15T19:21:00Z

    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 ...

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    Latin film market to launch backed by INCAA, Cannes Marche

    2009-01-14T01:12:00Z

    Liliana Mazure, president of the Argentinian Film Institute (INCAA), and Jer me 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 ...

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    The Headless Woman and Aniceto triumph at Argentinian Film Awards

    2008-12-16T14:18:00Z

    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. Veteran Leonardo Favio's musical Aniceto won all eight categories in which ...

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    Japan claims top prizes at Mar Del Plata

    2008-11-16T20:16:00Z

    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 Tokyo Sonata. A jury composed of actress/director Sarah Polley (Canada), director Peter Lilienthal (Germany), film-maker Pedro Olea (Spain), ...

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    The Hurt Locker kicks off 23rd Mar del Plata Film Festival

    2008-10-30T20:30:00Z

    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 ...

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    Argentina opts for Pablo Trapero's Lion's Den as Oscar entry

    2008-09-26T01:11:00Z

    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 , 14 ...

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    Admisions down 8% in Argentina for first six months 2008

    2008-07-03T07:04:00Z

    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. ...

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    Latin America - Argentina

    2008-05-02T00:00:00Z

    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. The city's attractions are multiple: ...

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    Argentina's San Luis festival announces inaugural lineup

    2007-10-10T03:19:00Z

    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 ...

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    XXY is Argentinian foreign-language Oscar nomination

    2007-09-28T16:22:00Z

    Lucia Puenzo's first feature XXY has been selected as the Argentinian submission for the foreign-language film category at next year's Academy Awards. The $1.2m Argentinian-French-Spanish co-production, which won the Critics Week main prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, is thestory of the brutal transforming moment when an intersexual ...

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    Ricardo Darin's directorial debut hits big at Argentina's box office

    2007-09-17T18:24:00Z

    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 ...

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    Argentina - Returning to look at the light side

    2007-09-14T00:00:00Z

    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 ...

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    Argentina - Chasing foreign interest

    2007-09-08T00:00:00Z

    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. "We have solid contacts with established companies in Europe," says ...

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    Argentinian film-makers supported by Fonds Sud, Ibermedia

    2007-08-08T21:41:00Z

    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 ...

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    Mar del Plata plans date shift from March to Dec as of 2008

    2007-08-08T19:43:00Z

    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 ...

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    Admissions down in Argentina by 7% in first half of 2007

    2007-06-30T01:40:00Z

    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 ...

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    Ana Katz: the wandering star

    2007-06-29T00:00:00Z

    The Argentinian winner of San Sebastian's Films in Progress proved a true labour of love. Diego Batlle talks to the film's director. At just 31, Argentinian film-maker Ana Katz is one of the most prolific and versatile artists of her generation. A renowned film, theatre and commercials actor-writer-producer-director, Katz's ...

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    Family business

    2007-06-01T00:00:00Z

    The daughter of film-maker Luis Puenzo has emerged as an exciting international talent with Cannes favourite XXY . Diego Batlle reports. A renowned novelist and screenwriter in Argentina, Lucia Puenzo is enjoying an exciting 2007 with a new book recently published and her first feature, XXY , selected for ...

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    Korean drama In Between Days wins top prize at Buenos Aires

    2007-04-15T21:51:00Z

    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) ...

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    In Between Days wins top prize at BAFICI in Argentina

    2007-04-15T21:27:00Z

    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 ...