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NORMAL SCHOOL

Argentina, 2012 (MIFF 2012, Through the Labyrinth: New Latin American Cinema)

Director: Celina Murga

NORMAL SCHOOL

“Filmmaker Celina Murga applies her sensitive, observant perspective on young people's behavior and thoughts to her superb foray into nonfiction.” - Variety

This Wiseman-esque portrait of a typical public - normal - school in its run up to student council elections is an assured first documentary from talented feature director Celina Murga (Ana And The Others, MIFF 04).

Expertly edited, with a fine balance between keeping a distance and getting in close enough to observe small details, the film covers all levels at this public school in the Argentine city of Parana. From the competitive, sometimes naïve behaviour of budding student politicians to the thoughtful curricula debates among teachers and the practical problem solving that occupies the administrators' day, the cameras seem to be all over the school.

“Cinema verite par excellence.” - Variety

D Celina Murga P Juan Villegas, Celina Murga, Inés Gamarci S Celina Murga, Juan Villegas WS Primer Plano Film Group L Spanish w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2012

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