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SANTIAGO, Chile — At the Santiago Intl. Film Festival (Sanfic) to present Luis Ortega’s “El Angel,” Argentine actress Mercedes Morán also gave actor’s studio on Wednesday night for local industry professionals and aspiring filmmakers and actors. A long time pillar of Spanish-language cinema, Argentine actress Morán is having a year that most actors could only dream of. And she is fully aware of her good fortune.
“It’s like a fantasy, right?” she wondered. “Any actress who loves cinema wants to have films that are circulating. And what cinema allows us to do, unlike theater, is to travel, and one can go where the film goes. It makes me very happy when I have can travel with the movies and meet the people who make movies.”
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However, to chalk up her current wave of international recognition to good fortune is to do the actress a disservice. Morán has put in her time, nurtured relationships with the best filmmakers Latin America has to offer, and fined tuned her craft to a degree that resulted in a best actress award at this year’s Karlovy Vary festival for her performance in Ana Katz’s “Sueño Florianópolis.”
Of course, that’s just one of the four films that Morán features in making the international festival rounds this year. Luiz Ortega’s “El Angel” premiered at Cannes’s Un Certain Regard, which has opened in Argentina this month hauling in the largest-ever box office for a domestic film in pesos, and the fifth largest week in terms of admissions. It was also the opening film at Sanfic. Earlier this month “An Unexpected Love,” a film co-staring Argentina’s biggest international marquee draw, Ricardo Darín, enjoyed domestic box office success as well, and will open the San Sebastián Festival in September. Finally, the actress starred in María Alché’s “A Family Submerged” which played in the...
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