Europeans dominate main competition at Argentine fest

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina’s Mar del Plata Film Festival, one of the most important fests in Latin America, has unveiled the lineups for its main competitions for international and Latin American pics.

Europe dominates the 13-title international competish at the Nov. 5-13 fest.

Alexander Sokurov’s Venice-prized “Faust” will compete along with Victor Kossakovsky’s docu “Vivan las antipodas!” (Long Live the Antipodes!), the fest opener.

Poland’s Agnieszka Holland will field Jewish refugee drama “In Darkness,” while Frenchman Bertrand Bonello will compete with brothel story “House of Tolerance” as will fellow countryman Pierre Schoeller with political tale “The Minister.”

British actor Paddy Considine has his directing debut “Tyrannosaur,” about an abusive relationship, in competition as does American helmer Mark Jackson with “Without,” about a woman caring for an old man in a vegetative state.

Other entries are Singaporean Eric Khoo’s “Tatsumi,” a film based on the life and stories of a Japanese cartoonist, and Iranian Jafar Panahi’s docu “This is Not a Film” about his life under house arrest in his home country.

The local guard is represented by Milagros Mumenthaler’s freshman effort “Abrir puertas y ventanas” (Back to Stay), a Locarno-laurelled sibling tale, and Sergio Mazza’s immigrant story “Graba,” making its world premiere.

Also from Latin America are Argentine-Mexican Paula Markovitch’s debut drama “El premio” (The Prize) and Chilean Sebastian Lelio’s “El ano del tigre” (The Year of the Tiger), a drama set in the wake of Chile’s 2010 earthquake and tsunami.

The other main competish is for 10 Latin American titles, with two debuts from Argentina: Hernan Belon’s family drama “El campo” and Simon Franco’s “En tiempos menos modernos,” about an old sheep farmer whose life changes when he gets a TV.

Brazil has three titles: Clarissa Campolina and Helvecio Marins Jr.’s docu “Girimunho,” Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutras’ labor drama “Trabalhar cansa” (Hard Labor) and Alejandro Landes’ plane hostage docu “Porfirio.”

From Colombia is Carlos Morenos’ “Todos tus muertos” (All Your Dead Ones), a drama about a pile of dead bodies.

Also in are “El lugar mas pequeno,” a docu by Mexican Tatiana Huezo Sanchez about a village of war veterans, and Peruvian Rosario Garcia Montero with her first feature “Las malas intenciones” (The Bad Intentions). Venezuelan Marite Ugas has slotted “El chico que miente” about a runaway boy.

Rounding out the slate is Mexican Natalia Almada’s docu “El velador” about drug traffickers.

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