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BUENOS AIRES — The second San Luis Cine Film Festival will unspool Friday to Nov. 8 with 17 pics in competition including Charles Martin Smith’s “Stone of Destiny.”

The feature about four students who returned the Stone of Scone from Westminster Abbey to Scotland in 1950 will compete for a prize of $50,000, divided equally between director and producer, and other categories. Others in the running include crime drama “The Zone,” directed by Mexican Rodgrio Pla; “Akanezora,” by Japan’s Masaki Hamamoto; Spaniard Felix Viscarret’s Goya-laurelled “Under the Stars”; and Jordanian Amin Matalqa’s “Captain Abu Raed,” which won the World Cinema Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Additional entries are “Mutum” by Brazil’s Sandra Kogut and German helmer Sven Taddicken’s “Emma’s Bliss,” plus two from Argentina: Boy Olmi’s “Sangre del Pacifico” and Diego Sabanes’ “Mentiras piadosas.”

As previously announced, “Elegy” will open the fest and “Be Kind Rewind” is the closer.

The top documentary will scoop $10,000, and the short will get $5,000.




“Akanezora,” Masaki Hamamoto

“All Will Be Well,” Tomasz Wiszniewski

“Captain Abu Raed,” Amin Matalqa

“Emma’s Bliss,” Sven Taddicken

“For a Moment, Freedom,” Arash T. Riahi

“Mentiras piadosas,” Diego Sabanes

“Mutum,” Sandra Kogut

“Padre nuestro,” Christopher Zalla

“Red Like the Sky,” Cristiano Bortone

“Sangre del Pacifico,” Boy Olmi

“Shiva,” Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz

“Snow,” Aida Begic

“Stone of Destiny,” Charles Martin Smith

“The Sun Street Boys,” György Szomjas

“The Zone,” Rodrigo Pla

“Under the Stars,” Felix Viscarret

“Versailles,” Pierre Schoeller




“Alone in Four Walls,” Alexandra Westmeier

“Bomb It,” Jon Reiss

“Castells,” Gereon Wetzel

“Deep Water,” Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell

“Dinner With the President: A Nation’s Journey,” Sachithanandam Sathananthan and Sabiha Sumar

“Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson,” Alex Gibney

“Memory Books,” Christa Graf

“Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea,” Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer

“Second Sight,” Alison McAlpine

“Tehran Has No More Pomegranates!” Massoud Bakhshi