The film had its worldwide premiere at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, where it won two Silver Bears for outstanding artistic achievement in camera work and production design. Special guests this year in the colonial city of Morelia included Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr, German director Volker Schlondorff and Academy Award winner Michel Gondry.Prior to taking the director's chair, Markovitch co-wrote screenplays with indie filmmaker Fernando Eimbcke (, which centers on the hardships of an elderly indigenous man, took home the award for best documentary.
Opening on a long, single-take shot of a young girl attempting to roller skate on an overcast beach, competition entrant El Premio (The Prize) starts as it means to go on.
It’s another piece of bleak, festival-friendly slow cinema with repetitive images and little dialogue or music.
In the spirit of an international film festival, it’s a decidedly multi-national affair too, with the film preceded by so many different film funding logos that people began to laugh as each new one came up.
In the end it’s listed as a Mexican/French/Polish and German co-production, although that seems like a dishonest description as it fails to mention that the film is set in Argentina and written and directed by Argentine Paula Markovitch.
It is a very specific Argentinian story in fact, based on the life of its author as a seven year old girl growing up in the 1970s. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts.
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