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Zurich spotlights Argentine pics

New World View sidebar to screen seven pics

BERLIN — Argentine cinema will be the focus of the Zurich Film Festival’s international showcase this year.

The New World View sidebar will screen seven films, including Celina Murga’s “Una semana solos” (A Week Alone), about upper middle class children left alone at home for a week in a private gated community.

Argentine cinema “stands out in global comparison, opens new perspectives and broadens the cinematic horizon,” the fest said, announcing the section’s lineup on Monday.

Among the section’s screeners are Miguel Kohan’s “Cafe de los maestros,” a cinematic tribute to the golden age of tango, and Anahi Berneri’s “Encarnacion,” about an aging former pin-up model who returns to her hometown for her niece’s 15th birthday celebration.

Federico Leon and Martin Rejtman’s comedy “Entrenamiento elemental para actores” (Elementary Training for Actors) follows a group of child actors under the tutelage of an impossibly demanding teacher.

Mariano Llinas’ four-hour pic “Historias extraordinarias” (Extraordinary Stories) tells three unconnected, narrated tales that span the Atlantic, from a small town in Argentina to Africa and back.

Also unspooling are Ana Katz’s comedy “Una novia errante” (A Stray Girlfriend), in which the director plays a woman abandoned by her fiance, and Gabriel Medina’s laffer “Los paranoicos” (The Paranoias), about a would-be screenwriter who falls for his pal’s girlfriend while working on a TV series.

The fest runs Sept. 24-Oct. 4.

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