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A Place in the World (1992) More at IMDbPro »Un lugar en el mundo (original title)

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1994 (USA) See more »
Mario and Ana, in voluntary exile from Buenos Aires, live in a remote Argentine valley with their 12-year-old son Ernesto... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 16 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Undoubtedly, one of the best Argentine films ever See more (6 total) »


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José Sacristán ... Hans

Federico Luppi ... Mario

Leonor Benedetto ... Nelda

Cecilia Roth ... 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
Arturo Fernández ... Jefe estación
Esther Guevara ... Monja
José Vieira ... Vallejo (as José F. Vieira)
Lorena Soledad Rojo ... Alumno 1
Mauro Nievas ... Alumno 2
Claudio Piñeiro ... Capataz Zamora
Sohar Ruiz ... Conserje hotel Tulsaco
Jacinto Bravo ... Capataz Tulsaco
Luciana ... Chica estancia
Mariano Ortega ... Ernesto 17 años
Fabián Vena ... Voz Ernesto 17 años
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Adolfo Aristarain

Lito Cruz

Directed by
Adolfo Aristarain 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Adolfo Aristarain  story
Adolfo Aristarain 
Alberto Lecchi 
Kathy Saavedra  story

Produced by
Adolfo Aristarain .... producer
Isidro Miguel .... executive producer
Osvaldo Papaleo .... producer
Original Music by
Emilio Kauderer 
Cinematography by
Ricardo DeAngelis 
Film Editing by
Eduardo López 
Casting by
Kathy Saavedra 
María Inés Teyssié 
Art Direction by
Abel Facello 
Costume Design by
Kathy Saavedra 
Makeup Department
María Laura López .... makeup artist
Rodolfo Spinetta .... hair stylist
Production Management
Rodolfo Abadía .... assistant production manager trainee
Beatriz Heiras .... production manager
Noemí Nemirovsky .... production manager
Inés Vera .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fernando Bassi .... first assistant director
Jacinto Bravo .... trainee assistant director
Martin Sosa .... second assistant director
Nicolás Tuozzo .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jorge de la Reta .... carpenter
Jorge de la Reta .... props
Dolores Ezcurra .... second assistant art director
Rogelio Imbert .... carpenter
María Clara Notari .... first assistant art director
Sound Department
Fabián Ayala .... sound mixer
Héctor Barrios .... sound mixer
José Luis Díaz .... sound
Laura Fonzo .... sound engineer
Miguel López .... sound editor
David Mantecón .... assistant sound
Francisco Mirada .... sound editor (as Francisco A. Miarada)
Serafín Molina .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Rubén Santeiro .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Arroyo .... gaffer
Luis Castelletti .... second assistant camera
Carlos De San José .... electrician
Silvia Di Fiorio .... still photographer
Modesto Diminutto .... key grip (as Modesto Diminuto)
Ricardo Fernández .... first assistant camera
Ricardo Fernández .... focus puller
Mario Lucas Kainer .... best boy electric (as Mario Kainer)
Aldo Lobótrico .... camera operator
Omar Medina .... electrician
Ángel Palomino .... camera trainee
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marisa Urruti .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Margarita Brondolo .... negative cutter
Music Department
Víctor Aepli .... musician: cello
Alejandro Algañaraz .... music editor
Romero Baraviera .... musician: violin
Claudio Barile .... musician: flute and piccolo
María Delia Brú .... musician: viola
La Camerata Bariloche .... performers
Horacio Ceballos .... musician: guitar
Julio Graña .... musician: violin
Elías Gurevich .... musician: violin
Elías Khayat .... conductor
Elías Khayat .... musical director
Elías Khayat .... musician: violin
Grace Medina .... musician: violin
André Mouroux .... musician: cello
Ricardo Planas .... musician: counter bass
Daniel Robuschi .... musician: violin
Pablo Saraví .... musician: violin
Andrés Spiller .... musician: flute, oboe, viola and violin
Tomás Tichauer .... musician: viola
Roberto Tubaro .... musician: violin
Alfredo Wolf .... musician: violin
Transportation Department
Aurelio Kerbs .... transportation coordinator (as Kerbs)
Martínez .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Bucky Butkovic .... press attache
Daniel Celia .... title designer
Daniel Danni .... title designer
Waldo Haleblian .... title designer
Beatriz Martínez .... administrator
Inés Vera .... production assistant
Villegas .... caterer
Zabala .... caterer
Bruno .... dedicatee
Crew believed to be complete


Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Un lugar en el mundo" - Argentina (original title)
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120 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
Mario:[to Ernesto] You don't like to be bossed around, do you? The more you know, the less orders you'll receive.See more »


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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Undoubtedly, one of the best Argentine films ever, 4 May 2000
Author: ElianaM from Santiago, Chile

I think, and most Latin American critics agree, that A PLACE IN THE WORLD runs neck and neck with the Oscar winning OFFICIAL STORY as Argentina's greatest movie ever. This movie shows the maturity that Argentine cinema began to reach after the mid 80's Oscar winner, mentioned above. The wounds left in Argentina by the events depicted in THE OFFICIAL STORY are still there. They are in fact a central theme of this film, which shows vivid signs of these scars beginning to heal. The film also brings Cecilia Roth back from exile (in real life as well as in the film), and cements her partnership with Federico Luppi as the 90's equivalent of Norma Aleandro and Hector Alterio, who were the couple of the 70's and 80's. In fact, Roth and Luppi and this film's director went on to collaborate on another landmark Argentine film of the 90's (MARTIN HACHE), and Roth and Luppi have continued to appear on the screen together since. This film may be their greatest collaboration, but their acting is not the only reason to see this film. Life in the interior of Argentina's provinces was never so well portrayed and explored. And challenges that Argentina and indeed, all Latin American countries face are well addressed. A must see.

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