A Conversation with Argentine filmmakers LUCRECIA MARTEL and LILIANA PAOLINELLI
Lucrecia Martel, a member of the so called "New Argentina cinema" is one of the most singular filmmakers in the world today. Born in the North Western province of Salta, Argentina, Martel studied at Avellaneda Experimental (AVEX) and at the National Experimentation Filmmaking School (ENERC) in Buenos Aires. After one of them closed for lack of funds, she became a self-taught director. Martel said, "I watched movies, I read books, I wrote. I was a free mind, because I had to be." Her internationally awarded film, La ciénaga (2001) is a metaphor of social decay and malaise that represents the country's most conservative provincial mentality through a deteriorating humidity and claustrophobic, toxic family environment. A New York Time's reviewer portrays her second feature film, The Holly Girl (2004) as follows: "It is a film that defies categorization, but I'm tempted to call it a miracle". The film was selected for competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004. Her last released film, The Woman Who Lost Her Head (2007) was selected for competition at Cannes in 2008 and it will be screened at the 2008 AFI in Los Angeles. Among the awards received by her films are the Sundance Film Festival: NHK Award; for La Ciénaga, 1999, the Toulouse Latin America Film Festival: French Critics' Discovery Award; Grand Prix; for La Ciénaga; 2001, the Havana Film Festival: Best Director; Grand Coral - First Prize; for La Ciénaga; 2001, the Berlin International Film Festival: Alfred Bauer Award; for La Ciénaga; 2001, the Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Silver Condor; Best First Film; for La Ciénaga; 2002 and the São Paulo International Film Festival: Critics Award - Honorable Mention; for La Niña santa; 2004.
Born in Córdoba, Argentina, Liliana Paolinelli studied at the Film Department, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. She directed the shorts La botella (Universelles-56th Cannes Festival), El otoño and El aire, the medium-length videos Comedias, Tener o no tener, Los pasos en la habitación and Verdad o consecuencia, as well as the TV documentary ¡Motín!. In 2005, she participated in the Toscano Screenwriters' Lab (Sundance) with the screenplay Lengua materna. Her first full length feature film, Por sus propios ojos (2008) will be screened at the 2008 AFI in Los Angeles. The film employs unconventional storytelling, eliciting nuanced and insightful performances from her strong cast and revels Paolinelli as a passionate screenwriter and filmmaker. The film was screened at the 55th San Sebastián International Film Festival, the 16th Biarritz International Film Festival, the 2007 Toulouse International Film Festival) and the 56th Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival. It received among others, the Best Feature Screenplay (Agencia Córdoba Cultura SE) 2006; for Best Actress, the 2007 Biarritz International Film Festival (Ana Carabajal) and the 2007 Biarritz International Film Festival (Luisa Núñez); the Special Jury Prize - Best Actress 2007 Mannheim-Heildelberg International Film Festival (Ana Carabajal) and the Audience Award, Best Foreign Screenplay (for director Liliana Paolinelli) and the Special Jury Prize at the 2008 Gramado Film Festival, Brazil.
This event is co-sponsored by the Latin American Film and Media Project, the UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the UCLA Center for Argentina, Chile and the Southern Cone, the General Consulate of the Argentine Republic, and the UCLA Latin American Institute.
Cost: free and open to the public
Sponsor(s): Latin American Film and Media Project, Spanish and Portuguese, UCLA Center for Chile, Argentina and the Southern Cone, General Consulate of the Argentine Republic, Latin American Institute
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