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Argentinian Lesson

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by Wojciech Staroń
produced by Małgorzata Staroń
color, 59 min, 2011
in Polish and Spanish
with English and Polish subtitles

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With lush and intimate photography, Wojciech Staroń documents his family's move from Poland to Argentina. Struggling to adapt in a foreign country, his 8-year-old son Janek finds a friend in Marcia, a grounded 11-year-old Argentinean of Polish descent. With a strength and determination well beyond her years, Marcia must help make ends meet while holding her family together.

In this uniquely cross-cultural and universal coming-of-age story, Janek and Marcia go on adventures throughout the Argentinian countryside together finding work and exploring the beauty of nature around them. Janek's eagerness and Marcia's tenacity make them two unforgettable characters in an unconventional love story that sees the innocence of childhood surrounded by the harsh realities of adulthood.

“Enthralling... as rewardingly rich, complex and heartbreaking as any fiction.” — Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
“Staron's gift for finding magical moments is simply breathtaking, giving the viewer an occasional dose of delicately observed humanity one expects from the great cinematic capturers of ethereal beauty and human foible (Burnette, Malick, Almendros etc.)” — Brandon Harris, The Filmmaker Magazine

awardsFilm Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Spotlight Award, Cinema Eye, 2013
Best Creative Documentary, MakeDox, Macedonia, 2012
Best Documentary Film Award, Chicago Polish Film Festival, USA, 2012
Grand Prize, Let's CEE Documentary Film Festival, Austria, 2012
Best International Medium-Length Film, RIDM, Canada 2012
Golden Horn for the Director of the Best Film, Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2011
Award of the Polish Association of Cinematographers (PSC), Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2011
Student Jury Award, Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2011
Award for the Best Cinematography, Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2011
President of the Association of Polish Filmmakers Award, Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2011
President of TVP S.A Award for the Best Cinematography, Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2011
Student Jury Award, Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2011
Silver Dove Award, DOK Leipzig, Germany, 2011
Grand Prix, LISTAPAD International Film Festival, Belarus, 2011
The Best Director Prize, Festival dei Popoli in Florence, Italy, 2011
Grand Prize, International Documentary Film Festival in Guangzhou, China, 2011
Golden Frog, Plus Camerimage International Film Festival, Poland, 2011
Docudays UA, Ukraine, 2012
Documentary Fortnight, MoMA, USA, 2012
DokuFest, Kosovo, 2012

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