Argentina / 2019 / 81’
2.39:1 / 5.1 / DCP 2K / Color
After receiving the news of the death of her mother, Magali returns to the small town where she grew up in the North of Argentina. There she finds her 10 year old son and a close community in which old traditions still make sense. A puma surrounds the town and appears in Magali’s dreams. The animal is eating all the cattle and the town chooses Magali and her son to perform a ritual to guide the animal back to its world.
Juan Pablo Di Bitonto
Director of several short films during his student days, he presents his first film “Magalí”. He is an Image and Sound Designer (UBA), director, editor and producer. He is a founding partner of Carbono Films where they make documentaries, fictions and audiovisual communication pieces for different platforms.
Featured Media Comments
Gaspar Zimerman / Clarín says about Magali: “With that tanned, hard but expressive face, Eva Bianco is an unbeatable interpreter for this woman who is rediscovering herself and must show that she has not been contaminated by the big city.”
Says Alejandro Lingeti / La Nación: When everything seems to be heading towards a realistic story, the film takes an interesting turn and incorporates a certain climate of suspense and reverie that enhances it remarkably. The great work of Lucio Bonelli in photography collaborates in this sense. Also key is the great performance of Eva Bianco, a magnificent actress from Cordoba who shines with a role that she charges with emotion and intelligence.
Says Mariana Mactas / TN: Di Bitonto’s feature debut is a sensitive and beautiful film. Deep without solemnity, from an intelligent and committed script. While allowing contact with a fascinating universe that is too absent in Argentine cinema.
Eva Bianco : Magalí.
Cristian Nieva : Félix.
Gustavo Contreras : Vicente (secretario).
Ariel Gaspar : Elio.
Director: Juan Pablo Di Bitonto.
Screenplay: Daniela Seggiaro, Juan Pablo Di Bitonto.
Executive Producer: Sandra Gugliotta.
Producers: Sandra Gugliotta, Juan Pablo Di Bitonto.
Associate Producer : Hernán Luna.
Production Director: Silvia Lamas.
Cinematographer: Lucio Bonelli (ADF).
Art Director: Gabriela Varela Laciar.
Sound Director: José Caldararo (Tres sonido Argentina).
Music: Sebastian Escofet.
Editing : Cristina Carrascao Hernández (EDA) and Juan Pablo Di Bitonto.
Awards and Festivals
Condor Awards 2020, nominated for best first film.
International Competition at the Warsaw Festival (Poland).
International Competition at the 43rd Mostra de Sao Paulo (Brazil).
International Competition at the Mannheim-Heidelberg International Festival (Germany).
Special Mention from the Jury at the Tucumán Film Festival.
Best actress, audience award and special mention Film chroniclers at the Cine de las Alturas (Jujuy).
Best Performance (Eva Bianco) at the Bariloche Audiovisual Festival.
Best film 6th Chascomús Film Festival.
Ibermedia for development (2013)
Winner of the Raymundo Gleyzer contest (2014).