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Mar del Plata fest gets ‘Serious’

Festival to open on Nov. 7 with Coen bros. pic

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina’s Mar del Plata Film Festival, the only FIAPF Category A festival in Latin America, will open its 24th edition on Nov. 7 with Joel and Ethan Coen’s “A Serious Man,” playing out of competition.

The U.S. has one contender among the 14 pics in the official international competition — Todd Solondz’s family drama “Life During Wartime.”

Argentina is repped by Israel Adrian Caetano’s marital problem tale “Francia” and Jose Campusano’s “Vikingo.”

Other pics in contention include two Oscar foreign language hopefuls — Alvaro Brechner’s comedy “Mal dia para pescar” (Bad Day to Go Fishing), repping Uruguay, and Bong Joon-ho’s “Mother,” repping South Korea.

Eight features will compete in the Latin American section and nine in the Argentina section. There also will be a retrospective on Jim Henson, creator of “The Muppet Show” and “Sesame Street.” Fest closes Nov. 15.

International Competition List for the Mar Del Plata Film Festival:

“Francia,” Israel Adrian Caetano, Argentina
“Vikingo,” Jose Campusano, Argentina
“Mother,” Bong Joon-ho, South Korea
“Horn of Plenty,” Juan Carlos Tabio, Cuba
“V.O.S,” Cesc Gay, Spain
“A Serious Man,” Todd Solondz, U.S.
“Letters to Father Jakkob,” Klaus Haro, Finland
“The Time that Remains,” Elia Suleiman, Israel
“Dogtooth,” Giorgos Lanthimos, Greece
“Nothing Personal,” Urszula Antoniak, Holland
“A Man Who Ate His Cherries,” Payman Haghani, Iran
“Five Days without Nora,” Mariana Chenillo, Mexico
“Room and a Half,” Andrey Khrzhanovskiy, Russia
“Bad Day to Go Fishing,” Alvaro Brechner, Uruguay

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