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A Place in the World (1992)
"Un lugar en el mundo" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  1994 (USA)
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Mario and Ana, in voluntary exile from Buenos Aires, live in a remote Argentine valley with their 12-year-old son Ernesto. Mario runs a school and a wool cooperative; Ana, a doctor, heads a... See full summary »

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José Sacristán ...
Hans
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Mario
Leonor Benedetto ...
Nelda
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Ana
Rodolfo Ranni ...
Andrada
Hugo Arana ...
Zamora
Gaston Batyi ...
Ernesto
Lorena del Río ...
Luciana
Mario Alarcón ...
Juan
Juan José Ghisalberti ...
Don Gregorio
Hugo Pertoni ...
Hombre 1
Eduardo Arias ...
Hombre 2
Roberto Rizotti ...
Cura
Marcos Woinsky ...
Locutor Marcos Woinsky
Santiago Chade ...
Maquinista tren
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Mario and Ana, in voluntary exile from Buenos Aires, live in a remote Argentine valley with their 12-year-old son Ernesto. Mario runs a school and a wool cooperative; Ana, a doctor, heads a clinic with Nelda, a progressive nun. Into this idealistic family comes Hans, a jaded Spanish geological engineer -- surveying the land for the local patron, to see if it can be dammed for hydro-electric power, which would drive the peasants from the land into the cities. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$100,986 (USA)
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This is only the second film in the history of the Academy Awards (after the Bowery Boys movie High Society (1955)) to have been nominated for an Oscar and then removed from the ballot. The director Adolfo Aristarain had intended this to be Argentina's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film. When he took it to the Argentinean committee for submission he was told that Argentina had already decided on another film (Eliseo Subiela's The Dark Side of the Heart). Undaunted he went next door to the Uruguayan committee and offered it as Uruguay's official entry. This went against the academy's rule which states that the film must be directed, written, produced and cast with people from the country of the film's submission. The board submitted "A Place in the World" as Uruguay's official entry despite the fact that it was directed by an Argentinean, written by an Argentinean, produced by Argentineans, cast mostly with Argentineans and told the story of an Argentinean rancher facing off against an Argentinean hydroelectric plant in Argentina. Aristarain knew the rules but decided to submit the film because his wife was a native Uruguayan who had been the film's costume designer and had a hand in co-writing the screenplay. When the 1992 Oscar nominations came out, A Place in the World was among the nominees for Best Foreign Language Film (ironically, the film that Argentina submitted was not). The Academy's board of governors learned that the film was in violation of the rule after the nominations had come out and decided to remove it from the official ballot. Aristarain felt that the board was out of line and after failing to convince them to change their minds, he tried to sue on the grounds of "breach of contract". He lost the suit on the ruling that the Academy "has the complete, untrammeled ability to base the awards on whatever it wants". Angry at the ruling, Aristarain made the decision not to release the film in the United States. He relented and it did get a minor release in early 1995 (where it grossed $100,986). As for the Academy, in an effort to avoid this kind of problem again, they rewrote their official rules to make the submission process more mathematically sound. See more »

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Carefully toned wholesome story out in the middle of nowhere
17 November 2002 | by (La Rioja, Spain) – See all my reviews



After having seen Aristarain's excellent drama `Martín (Hache)' (1997) (qv) a few months ago, I was rather looking forward to this film coming up somewhere – anywhere – sooner or later, as I missed it ten years ago ……. I have also commented recently on `Las Huellas Borradas' (1999) (qv) with Federico Luppi, directed by Enrique Gabriel. You might think that seeing so much of this Argentinian actor in a comparatively short period of time would turn out a little tedious, if not boring. However he does have that attractively noble way of holding the screen, such that one tends to warm to him and look forward to the next time a film of his comes out. Again, Aristarain falls back on Cecilia Roth, an actress who always pleases me, and nowhere better than in `Martín (Hache)'. For `Un Lugar en el Mundo' (A Little Place in the World) Aristarain adds the Spanish actor José Sacristán, who, in years gone by, only made rather comical – sic – appearances in third rate highly forgettable films, but recently has been in a number of more serious rôles. The two young actors played natural, clean interpretations, very wholesome. Good directing here, especially.

Aristarain takes a story – his own very often – and knows what to do with it. His stories are very human, such that it is not difficult to really get in there with the characters, and in this film there is no exception to this rule. Interesting to note that the main theme touches on the same as in Gabriel's film seven years later up in the mountains of Asturias and León.

Lost somewhere in the middle of the great expanses of nowhere, but in fact is the province of San Luis to the west of Buenos Aires, just north of the true `pampa', some people play out their lives on the losing side in `a little place in the world'. The juxtaposition of the various characters is echoed by scenes of a horse-drawn trap-cart racing against a powerful diesel locomotive, as well as appearances by a late-fifties looking automobile.

Whereas `Martín (Hache)' is unquestionably a Hispano-Argentinian production, `Un Lugar en el Mundo' is almost totally Argentinian; Spanish and Uruguayan participation is minimal, apart from the presence of Sacristán as one of the actors. Aristarain is evidently the lance-point of contemporary Argentinian cinema production, and with this carefully toned story he does justice not only to his reputation and his actors' but also to Argentina itself. That is indeed a very worthy consideration.


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