Celina Murga

Celina Murga

Argentina

I’ve been working with non-actors since my first movie. There is an aggregate value there for me and it has to do with the experience itself of making a movie. I enjoy greatly the possibility to meddle in worlds that are strange to me, as well as meeting people I wouldn´t be able to in other circumstances. A more human bond is created.    

Biography

Film director Celina Murga, 36, has been making waves in her native Argentina and beyond with her poignant cinematic style. She left Paraná, in Entre Ríos Province, for Buenos Aires at age 17 and, in 1996, graduated with a degree in film directing from the Universidad del Cine. Currently a partner in a production company named Tresmilmundos Cine, and a teacher at the Centro de Investigación Cinematográfica – where she uses Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas as study material – Murga has worked as an assistant director and, in 2002, directed her debut feature, ANA Y LOS OTROS (ANA AND THE OTHERS). This portrait of a young woman returning home to Paraná has been acclaimed at many film festivals, including Venice and Toronto, winning several prizes. Her second feature film, UNA SEMANA SOLOS (A WEEK ALONE), had its international premiere at the 2008 Venice Film festival and was screened at many other major film festivals, including Rotterdam, London and Thessaloniki, also collecting prizes including one for best director. Her latest film THE THIRD SIDE OF THE RIVER was recently presented during the 2014 edition of Berlinale on the occasion of which it was nominated for 9 awards including the Golden Bear.

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