The Prize (El Premio)

104mins2011DramaNR
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Under the cloud of a military dictatorship, a young mother and her daughter flee Buenos Aires for the seclusion of a ramshackle cottage along the windy dunes of an Argentine beach. As her mother listens for news from the radio with sad stoicism, restlessly curious seven-year-old Cecilia joins a nearby school overseen by a kindly teacher. A childhood idyll, however, soon becomes contaminated by the general political crisis, as the teacher recruits the class for a patriotic essay contest sponsored by the army?the very people that may have already disappeared Cecilia?s father?in this superbly acted and engrossingly atmospheric drama about innocence in illicit times. ?Dominated by extreme close-ups, the lensing and color-desaturated production design emphasize an oppressive feeling of entrapment. Expressive sound design also underlines the sense of being at the mercy of forces outside oneself.? ?Variety. Directed by Buenos Aires-born filmmaker Paula Markovitch and Winner of two Silver Bears at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival, THE PRIZE (EL PREMIO) is presented in Spanish with English subtitles. This film is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection, presented by the Global Film Initiative.
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