A Place in the World ()

Un lugar en el mundo (original title)
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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 more »

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Gaston Batyi ...
Lorena del Río ...
Juan José Ghisalberti ...
Don Gregorio
Hugo Pertoni ...
Hombre 1
Eduardo Arias ...
Hombre 2
Roberto Rizotti ...
Marcos Woinsky ...
Locutor Marcos Woinsky
Santiago Chade ...
Maquinista tren
Arturo Fernández ...
Jefe estación
Esther Guevara ...
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:

Directed by

Adolfo Aristarain

Written by

Adolfo Aristarain ... (story)
Adolfo Aristarain ... ()
Alberto Lecchi ... ()
Kathy Saavedra ... (story)

Produced by

Adolfo Aristarain ... producer
Isidro Miguel ... executive producer
Osvaldo Papaleo ... producer

Music by

Emilio Kauderer

Cinematography by

Ricardo DeAngelis

Film Editing by

Eduardo López

Editorial Department

Margarita Brondolo ... negative cutter

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 / 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 / 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

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 / musical director / 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

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • A Place in the World (World-wide, English title)
  • A Place in the World (United States)
  • Ein Ort in dieser Welt (Germany)
  • Un posto nel mondo (Italy)
  • Um Lugar no Mundo (Brazil)
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  • 120 min
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Trivia Official submission of Uruguay for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 65th Academy Awards in 1993. 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 (1992)). 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Sacristán: Retrato del compromiso (2016). See more »
Quotes Mario: [to Ernesto] You don't like to be bossed around, do you? The more you know, the less orders you'll receive.
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