‘Stay’ tops Mar del Plata

Mumenthaler's sibling tale wins international contest

BUENOS AIRES — Argentine helmer Milagros Mumenthaler’s freshman film “Abrir puertas y ventanas” (Back to Stay) scooped the Silver Astor at the Mar del Plata Film Festival, which wrapped Sunday.

The pic about three young sisters in the days after their grandmother dies also won director at Latin America’s only Fiapf category A fest.

“Tyrannosaur” won a jury mention and script for British actor Paddy Considine, who made his directing debut with the drama about an abusive relationship.

Olivier Gourmet won actor for his role in Gallic helmer Pierre Schoeller’s political tale “The Minister,” while Joslyn Jensen took home the actress nod for her performance as a woman caring for an old man in a vegetative state in U.S. director Mark Jackson’s drama “Without.”

In the Latin American competish, Peruvian Rosario Garcia-Montero’s coming-of-age tale “Las malas intenciones” (The Bad Intentions) came top. Special mentions were awarded to rural-life docu “Girimunho” (Swirl) by Brazilians Helvecio Marins Jr. and Clarissa Campolina and “El lugar más pequeño” (The Tiniest Place), a docu by Mexican Tatiana Huezo Sanchez about a village of war veterans.

Nicanor Loreti’s “Diablo” won film in the Argentina competish for the story of a retired boxer, while the work-in-progress went to Luciano Quilici’s “Los quiero a todos” with a special mention to Tamae Garateguy’s “Mujer lobo.”

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