Esteban Lamothe: International Star to Know

Thesp became the face of Argentine indie cinema starring in Santiago Mitre’s 'The Student'

CLAIM TO FAME

The 36-year-old became the face of Argentine indie cinema starring in Santiago Mitre’s debut, political thriller, “The Student” (2011). His performance made him one of the country’s most sought-after actors.

(From the pages of the April 9 issue of Variety.)

CROSSING OVER

Empowered by U.S. and European finance, top Argentine helmers are moving into larger pictures. Lamothe is likely to follow. He is learning English, and will appear in two of the buzziest Argentine films this year: Natalia Smirnoff’s “El cerrajero” and Victoria Galardi’s “I Thought It Was a Party.”

STIX TO PIX

Lamothe came to Buenos Aires from the provinces, waited tables, attended acting classes, appeared in a play, and found his calling.

OTHER CREDITS

Co-starred with best friend and former fellow waiter Esteban Bigliardi in road-movie bromance “Villegas,” a Cannes 2012 special screening.

SECRET TREAT

Ever since seeing “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence,” he’s wanted to make a Western. “I like John Wayne’s performance.” In “Student” and “Villegas,” Lamothe demonstrated the calm gait and emotional containment of heroes from cinema’s classic oaters.

TESTIMONIAL

“He fills the whole screen, is funny, intense, at once simple and sophisticated, generous with other cast, crew and the director. He’s Latin Americans’ young Robert De Niro, a big star in the making,” says “Party” director Victoria Galardi.

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