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KEPT AND DREAMLESS (Las Mantenidas Sin Sueos)

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KEPT AND DREAMLESS (Las Mantenidas Sin Sueos)

Director: Vera Fogwill and Martn Desalvo
Argentina   |   2005   |   94 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis During Argentina's economic crisis of the '90s, nine year-old Eugenia and her mother, Florencia, live a seemingly colorful life surrounded by eclectic neighbors and an offbeat collection of family. But for Eugenia, who must deal with her mother's dysfunctional and drug-addled lifestyle, life is anything but pleasant in this darkly inspiring story of expectation, acceptance and nontraditional family, led by standout performances from director Vera Fogwill and young actress Luca Snieg.

About the Director Vera Fogwill was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1972. She has worked in theater as an actress since the age of fourteen, and won the Best Ibero-American Drama Actress award at the Autumn International Festival for her performance in The Toymaker, which resulted in the Secretary of Culture of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires distinguishing her with an Honorary Diploma and a Distinction to Talent and Effort. The Argentine Cinematographic Critic Association awarded her with a Silver Condor prize in the Feminine Revelation category for her performance in Buenos Aires Vice Versa (1996). She has also been a playwright since the age of fifteen and has written numerous plays, including The Fierce Ones, which won the First Prize and Best Theater Play by La Nacion, an Argentine daily newspaper. In 2003, she was selected from over 3,000 young talents worldwide to attend the “First Global Meeting of Young Moviemaking” hosted by the Berlinale Talent Campus of the Berlin International Film Festival. Kept & Dreamless is her first feature film.

Martín Desalvo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1973. He studied Image and Sound Design at the University of Buenos Aires, and later studied Cinematography at the Universidad del Cine and the Video and Cinema Investigation and Experimentation Center (CIEVYC). While a student, he produced several short films including, Another One, which was awarded Best Short Film and Best Photography by CIEVYC. From 1998 to 2003, he worked for the production company Pol-ka Producciones. He is the author of the cinematographic book, El Yogui (2003), and the documentary script, The Whore at the Cemetery (2001). Kept & Dreamless is his first feature film.Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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Featured in the Global Lens 2008 film series.




CAST

Eugenia - Lucía Snieg
Florencia - Vera Fogwill
Olga - Edda Díaz
Sara - Mirta Busnelli
Celina - Mía Maestro
Lola - Elsa Berenguer
Martín - Gastón Pauls
Santiago - Julián Krakov

CREW

Directors - Vera Fogwill, Martín Desalvo
Writer - Vera Fogwill
Executive Producer - Axel Pauls
Producers - I. N. C. A. A., Vera Fogwill, Stefan Schmitz
Cinematographer - Nicolás Trovato
Editor - Rosario Suárez
Sound - Gaspar Scheuer, Diego Martínez
Music - Babasónicos
REVIEWS

"This is cinematic practice at its best: whilst exhibiting the social and political problems and gender roles, the film establishes a close connection with its local audiences, but it also achieves its universal aim." -FIPRESCI

"Matching style and originality with a refreshing lack of moralizing, 'Kept & Dreamless' keeps the banner of Argentinean independent cinema flying high…" -Variety

“A charming film with a flair for comedic melodrama and an irreverent knowingness that bears comparison to Fassbinder and Almodóvar.” -American Film Institute

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2007
Best Film Audience Award, MADRID SOLIDARIO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SYDNEY LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
BUENOS AIRES INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

2006
Best New Director, BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Best Film Critic's Award; Best Actress, CARTAGENA INTERNATIONAL FILM AND TV FESTIVAL
Jury's Special Award PUNTA DEL ESTE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
ARGENTINE FILM FESTIVAL IN TUCUMÁN
TORONTO HISPANO AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN VIÑA DEL MAR
INDIA INTERNATIONAL WOMEN FILM FESTIVAL
KOLKATA FILM FESTIVAL
SHOWCASE MONDI IOTANI MONDI VICINI
SHOWCASE OF WOMEN IN CINEMA AND TELEVISION
TAIPEI FILM FESTIVAL
CHICAGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL
HAVANA FILM FESTIVAL IN NEW YORK
SHENANDOAH VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
VISTAS ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL

2005
Jury's Special Mention, RENCONTRES DES CINÉMAS D'AMÉRIQUE LATINE EN TOULOUSE
Most Promising Director, INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA
Best Film, MILANO FILM FESTIVAL
Best Opera Prima, GUADALAJARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Tiger Awards (In Competition), INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAM
Jury's Special Mention, FILMS FROM THE SOUTH
Best Film Audience Award, LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Best Film Young Jury; Best Opera Prima; Best Actress, PEÑISCOLA INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL
Best Film; Best Opera Prima, LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FLANDERS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
RIO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SÃO PAULO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
NEW LATIN-AMERICAN FILM INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
IBERO-AMERICAN LATITUDE ZERO FILM FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL, REHOVOT
PESARO FILM FESTIVAL
PUERTO VALLARTA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LEEDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
ARGENTINA NEW CINEMA FESTIVAL
LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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