December 11, 2013
Triple win at Biarritz
BIARRITZ — Three Argentine films claimed top prizes at the 22nd edition of the Biarritz Latin American Film Festival, which started last Monday and wrapped up yesterday. El impenetrable, directed by Daniele Incalcaterra and Fausta Quattrini, won Best Documentary, and Alexis Roitman’s opera prima Ensayo de una nación claimed the Audience Award, also in the documentary category. Argentina’s third win was Lisandro Rodríguez’s Best Actor Award for his role in Santiago Loza’s La Paz, a searing drama about a young man in drug rehab and a relationship that helps him reconnect with the world. La Paz claimed the top prize at this year’s edition of the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Films. El impenetrable, with the director himself as narrator and real-life protagonist, explores the conflictive situation that arises when he arrives in Paraguay to secure a dignified fate for the land he has inherited from his father. Narrated as a personal diary, Incalcaterra’s movie is not unlike an odyssey and the hurdles to be surmounted when indigenous peoples and soybean growers dispute the possession of Incalcaterra’s land.
As for La Paz, Lisandro Rodríguez was praised for the extraordinary simplicity of his performance, which sheds light on the troubled life of a young man seeking a way out of existential darkness. Directed by the multitalented screenwriter-playwright Santiago Loza, La Paz was mentioned for its truthful portrayal of a situation that functions as a metaphor for loneliness, affection and the possibility of consolidating a meaningful relationship. Mexico’s Lisa Owen won Best Actress for her role in Los insólitos peces gato, as a terminally ill mother struggling to raise her children. Best Film went to Mexico’s José Luis Valle for Workers, an ascetic view of the desolate lives of a small group of people forced to take care of a dog after the death of the pet’s owner.
—Herald with Télam