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Coppola’s ‘Somewhere’ to open Argentine fest

Mar del Plata unveils film slate

Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” will open Argentina’s 25th Mar del Plata Film Festival, Latin America’s only Fiapf category A fest, on Nov. 13, playing out of competition.

Some 13 films will vie in the international competition at the event, which will continue its traditional spotlights on Argentine and Latin American fare.

Australian Bruce Beresford and American Hal Hartley will make the trip to the seaside city for career retrospectives at the fest, which is in the same category as Berlin, Cannes and Venice.

Argentina’s competition entries are Fernando Spiner’s “Aballay,” a western about a foul-tempered gaucho thinking of ending his life of crime; Rosendo Ruiz’s romance “De Caravana,” about a man making the album of a famed musician; and Nicolas Goldbart’s “Fase 7,” an action comedy set during a deadly epidemic in Buenos Aires.

Also competing are Polish director Jerzy Skolimoswki’s prison escape thriller “Essential Killing”; Gaul’s Sylvain Chomet’s toon “The Illusionist”; Iranian Rafi Pitts’ vengeance thriller “The Hunter”; Georgian Otar Iosseliani’s artist tale “Chantrapas”; Filippino Adolfo Alix Jr.’s “Chassis”; Russian Aleksei Fedorchenko’s “Silent Souls”; Taiwanese helmer Mong-Hong Chung’s family loss story “Fourth Portrait”; Spaniard Oliver Laxe’s “You All Are Captains”; Romanian Radu Muntean’s “Tuesday, After Christmas” and Serbian Oleg Novkovic’s “White, White World.”

Ten features will compete in the Latin American section, with entries from Mexico’s Diego Luna (“Abel”), Argentina’s Alejo Taube (“Agua y sal”) and Brazil’s Werner Schumann (“O Coro”).

Thirteen features are slotted in the Argentina competition, including Luis Ortega’s “Accused Summer.”

Fest wraps Nov. 21.

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