“Mariposa”, by Marco Berger, winner of the Third Sebastiane Latino

The film will be screened in the Zabaltegi section of the Festival’s 63rd edition.

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At the coming edition of the San Sebastian Festival, the Argentinian film by Marco Berger, Mariposa, will receive the Third Premio Sebastiane Latino Award and will be screened in the Zabaltegi section. The award goes to the full length Latin American film released the previous year which best defends the demands and values of the lesbian, gay, transsexual and bisexual community.

The Sebastiane Latino Award recognises the film premiered the previous year that best represents sexual and gender diversity. It also reflects the support of Latin American productions by both the Sebastiane Award, now in its 16th year, and the San Sebastian Festival.

The jury chose the film to receive its award for the following reasons:

The jury of the Third Sebastiane Latino agrees to give its 2015 award to the Argentinean film Mariposa, directed by Marco Berger.

The jury wishes to highlight the meticulous structure of the screenplay and editing used to tell a story via the two possible outcomes triggered by an initial decision.

It also wishes to reward Marco Berger for staying true to himself. For maintaining the features that have turned him into an exponent of Argentinean queer cinema. That have fashioned a creator of atmospheres where naturalism and fantasy entwine. That remind us how sexual tension, unspeakable desires and fears can exist in any reality. And all in Mariposa,where the leading part goes for the first time to a girl-boy couple.

In a complicated ensemble film, where even a first love could be incestuous, it is a tale of gay love that brings a touch of vivacity and humour. That’s why the jury of the third Sebastian Latino award wants to recognise the merit of Marco Berger, who chooses the naturalness of LGTBI as a filmic element to facilitate the audience’s connection with the film.

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