Un lugar en el mundo
«A Place in the World» by Adolfo Aristarain, looks at people who, having fought for a better world, are in the aftermath of defeat. Federico Luppi plays the main character as a teacher who is back from along exile he shared with his doctor wife, Cecilia Roth. Both are living with their teenaged son, Batyi, in a San Luis valley seven hundred miles away from Buenos Aires. While baking bread for his poor pupils, Luppi inspires and leads a community effort aimed at getting fair prices for the farmers' output, sidestepping ruthless landowner Rodolfo Ranm. Roth devotes herself to her neighbors' health, aided by Leonor Benedetto, a strong willed nun always dressed in civilian clothes, and José Sacristan, a Spanish geologist whose cynicism thaws as he understands the ethics of his new friends.
Festivals & awards
San Sebastian Film Festival: Golden Seashell; OCIC Award
Nantes: Prix du public
Goya Awards: Best Foreign Film in Spanish Language
Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Silver Condor, Best Actor, Federico Luppi; Best Actress, Cecilia Roth; Best Director, Adolfo Aristarain; Best Film; Best Music, Emilio Kauderer; Best New Actor, Gaston Batyi; Best Original Screenplay, Adolfo Aristarain, Alberto Lecchi, and Kathy Saavedra; Best Supporting Actor, José Sacristán
Fribourg: Prix du public
Gramado Film Festival: Golden Kikito, Best Latin Film
Ondas Awards: Film, Director
Oscar-Nomination für den besten ausländischen Film
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The characters and conflicts that keep the story moving fluently are remembered in flashback by Batyi. The son also recalls his first romance with Lorena De Rio, a coming of age troubled by the jealousy of her father, Hugo Arana, Ranni's fiery foreman