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Director to watch: Argentine talent, Celina Murga

By rania | Week of Wonders March 6, 2009 at 7:46AM

Director to watch: Argentine talent, Celina Murga
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03-04-09: Celina Murga presented her film at the Walter Reade Theater

Martin Scorsese and I agree. Argentine filmmaker Celina Murga is one to watch.

Scorsese was scheduled to introduce a special screening of Murga's A Week Alone (Una Semana Solos) at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on Wednesday, but had to cancel due to a travel conflict.

A Week Alone is a powerful fiction film that subtly mines the elitism of the rich, through a group of children who are left alone in their gated community while their parents are out of town. In a suburb of Buenos Aires, the children cook, flirt, and play-- and then behave differently around the younger brother of their housekeeper, who's from the wrong side of the tracks.

I first championed the film in my second dispatch from the Thessaloniki Film Fesitval, where Murga won the Best Director Award. Prior to that, Scorsese had selected Murga to spend a year of mentoring with him by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.