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The Distinguished Citizen

Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn
El ciudadano ilustre
Argentina, Spain 2016 / 118’
subtitles: Polish and English
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A hit at last year's Festival in Venice. Typical of many of the films selected to compete for the Golden Lion, the film eventually ended up with a well-deserved acting award for Oscar Martinez. Known for his role in the Wild Tales, among other films, he plays the role of a world-famous writer who returns to his hometown, at the invitation of the local authorities, after spending years abroad. Although the locals initially heep praise upon Daniel, their pride gradually gives way to envy. Daniel has no intention of giving up without a fight, however, and he decides to use a secret weapon in the form of his irrepressible imagination. Thanks to the story-telling prowess of Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn, the outcome of this conflict between one outstanding individual and the unremarkable collective of his hometown remains a secret to the very end. The Argentine duo tell the story of this unusual struggle in a manner that is full of incisive and very bitter humor. The DistinguishedCitizen should appeal to fans of the early comedies of Miloš Forman.

Piotr Czerkawski

Screenings

Tickets sale starts on 19th July, 12pm.
fr 04 Aug, 09:45knh 3
su 13 Aug, 18:45knh 3
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Gastón Duprat

Born in Buenos Aires in 1969, Gaston Duprat is a producer and director working in both film and television. He met Mariano Cohn as a member of the jury at a music video festival in Buenos Aires in 1993. Shortly thereafter, they started working on joint projects. In 1999, they enjoyed success with their experimental television show Televisión Abierta. Their first film was the documentary Enciclopedia. In terms of awards, The Distinguished Citizen is undoubtedly their most successful film so far.

Selected filmography

2000 Enciclopedia (doc., co-dir.)

2006 Yo Presidente (doc., co-dir.)

2008 El artista/ The Artist (co-dir.)

2009 El hombre de al lado / The Man Next Door (co-dir.)

2016 Honorowy obywatel / El ciudadano ilustre / The Distinguished Citizen (co-dir.)

Mariano Cohn

Born in Buenos Aires in 1969, Mariano Cohn is a director and screenwriter who has been working with Gaston Duprat since the early 1990s. After making countless music videos and both television and documentary films, the duo made their feature debut in 2008 with The Artist. The film was well received, but The Man Next Door, filmed a year later, was an even bigger success, as it took home an award from the Sundance Film Festival. Cohn and Duprat's TheDistinguished Citizen was Argentina's Oscar nominee for 2016.

Selected filmography

2000 Enciclopedia (doc., co-dir.)

2006 Yo Presidente (doc., co-dir.)

2008 El artista/ The Artist (co-dir.)

2009 El hombre de al lado / The Man Next Door (co-dir.)

2016 Honorowy obywatel / El ciudadano ilustre / The Distinguished Citizen (co-dir.)

Cast & Crew

director Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn
screenplay Andrés Duprat
cinematography Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat
editing Jéronimo Carranza
music Toni M. Mir
cast Oscar Martinez, Dady Brieva, Andrea Frigerio
producer Fernando Sokolowicz
production Arco Libre, Televisión Abierta, Magma Cine, A Contracorriente Films
Polish distributor Against Gravity
language Spanish
colouration colour