THE GERMAN DOCTOR Sweeps Argentina's Premios Sur


Argentina's Academy of Cinematic Arts and Sciences concluded the eighth edition of its Premios Sur last week, recognizing the most outstanding films made within the country's booming national industry over the last year.

Lucía Puenzo's The German Doctor / Wakolda (pictured) topped this list with 10 prizes, including Best Picture, Director, Editing, Art Direction and several acting prizes. Recently awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Havana Film Festival, The German Doctor is competing as Argentina's official entry for the Foreign Language Oscar category.

Trailing behind Wakolda in second place, the film Metegol / Foosball by Juan José Campanella picked up four prizes in the categories of Best Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound and Original Music. Daniel Gimelberg's Antes won in the category of Best First Film, José Luis Garcia's La chica del sur / The Girl from the South picked up the Best Documentary award and La reconstrucción, by Juan Taratuto won Best Original Screenplay.

In a resounding upset, Tesis sobre un homicidio, by Hernán Goldfrid won none of the 10 categories for which it was nominated.