‘Extraordinary’ success at Tandil

Drama sweeps Argentinean film festival

BUENOS AIRES — Argentine adventure-suspense drama “Historias extraordinarias” (Extraordinary Stories) swept the eighth Tandil Cine, a growing film festival in the Argentinean province of Buenos Aires that wrappedJune 28.

The four-hour tale of an obsessed man took the Centinela del Cine Award for film and got Mariano Llinas (“Balnearios”) kudos as director and screenwriter. It also earned nods for cinematography, production and set design, and the public picked it as favorite.

Wins follow jury and audience kudos in the homegrown features competition at this year’s Buenos Aires Intl. Festival of Independent Film, the country’s most important.

Ana Katz and Carlos Portaluppi scooped the actor awards for performances in Katz-helmed “Una novia errante” (A Wandering Bride), the tale of a girl moving on after getting dumped by her boyfriend.

The jury awarded a special mention to helmer Sandra Gugliotta (“A Lucky Day”) for “Las vidas posibles” (Possible Lives), a mystery about a missing geologist.

Lucia Puenzo’s 2007 Cannes-laurelled hermaphrodite drama “XXY” won debut fiction and screenplay. Lucia Cedron picked up director for “Cordero de dios” (Lamb of God), with Malena Solda taking actress for the Sundance-acclaimed kidnap drama.

Jorge Roman scooped actor for his role as a gay reed harvester in Santiago Otheguy’s “La Leon.”

Martin Sola’s “Caja cerrada,” a look at the lives of fishermen, took documentary.


And the winners are:


FILM: “Historias extraordinarias,” Mariano Llinas

DIRECTOR: Llinas, “Historias extraordinarias”

ACTOR: Carlos Portaluppi, “Una novia errante”

ACTRESS: Ana Katz, “Una novia errante”

JURY SPECIAL MENTION: Sandra Gugliotta, “Las vidas posibles”

PRODUCER: Laura Citarilla, “Historias extraordinarias”

SCREENPLAY: Llinas, “Historias extraordinarias”

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Agustin Mendilaharzu, “Historias extraordinarias”

SOUND: Sergio Iglesias, “Regresados”

SET DESIGN: Alejo Moguillansky and Agustin Rolandelli, “Historias extraordinarias”

ART DIRECTION: Aili Chen, “Extranjera”


FILM: “XXY,” Lucia Puenzo

DIRECTOR: Lucia Cedron, “Cordero de dios”

ACTRESS: Malena Solda, “Cordero de dios”

ACTOR: Jorge Roman, “La Leon”

PRODUCTION: Morocha Films, Polar films, Onyx Films and Big World, with Santiago Otheguy and Mandragora Producciones, “La Leon”

SCREENPLAY: Lucia Puenzo, “XXY

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Fernando Lockett, “Como estar muerto”

SOUND: Guido Berenblun and Victor Tendler, “Cordero de dios”

SET DESIGN: Alex Zito and Hugo Primero, “XXY”

ART DIRECTION: Cristina Nigro, “Cordero de dios”


DOCUMENTARY: “Caja cerrada,” Martin Sola

DIRECTOR: Gaston Solnicki, “Suden”

SPECIAL PRIZE: Javier de Silvio, “Guitarra adentro”


FEATURE: “Historias extraordinarias,” Mariano Llinas

DEBUT FEATURE: “Los chicos desaparecen,” Marcos Rodriguez; “Tropa de elite,” Jose Padilla

DOCUMENTARY: “Suden,” Gaston Solnicki


“Enanas blancas,” Francisco Casal

“Proyecto diorama,” Lucas Shannon

“Mariano, un viejo amor,” Julian Arocena and Jose Lacambra

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