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Burman heads for Biarritz

Argentine helmer receives four-pic retro

MADRID — Argentine director-producer Daniel Burman, winner of two 2004 Berlinale Silver Bears for “Lost Embrace,” will receive a four-pic retro at late September’s Biarritz Latin American Festival.

Retro includes the French preem of Burman’s latest, “Brother and Sister.” It forms part of a wider tribute to the first 25 years of Argentina’s Mar del Plata Film Festival.

Ricardo Darin, star of many of Argentina’s recent international hits — think “Son of the Bride,” “Nine Queens,” “The Secret of Their Eyes,” now “Chinese Take-Away” — will serve as main jury president. Jury members include Mexican writer Alberto Ruy Sanchez and Gallic helmer Philippe Le Guay (“Service Entrance”).

One of Europe’s biggest Latin American showcases, Biarritz celebrates its 20th edition as Latin America is increasingly viewed as a key emerging movie market, and important potential co-production partner. That evolution should play in Biarritz’s favor, a festival that has shown large pulling power in attracting talent.

Largely highlighting major fest Latin American standouts, Biarritz has announced five of its 10 competition titles: Cuban Gerardo Chijona Valdes’ nihilistic “Ticket to Paradise” played Sundance; Argentina-born Paula Markovitch’s ironic coming-of-age tale “The Prize” competed at Berlin and topped Mexican Fiction at Guadalajara; Colombian Alejandro Landes’ “Porfirio,” a true-life recount of the build-up to a 2005 hijacking, played Directors’ Fortnight; and Pablo Giorgelli’s Argentine road movie “Las acacias” won Cannes Camera d’or.

Competish also features a lesser-known crowd-pleaser: Mexican Alvaro Curiel de Icaza’s laugh-out-loud immigration tale “Acorazado,” which won an audience award at Morelia.

Fest runs Sept. 26-Oct. 2.

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