'Antena' up at Rotterdam fest

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ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands -- The 36th edition of the International Film Festival of Rotterdam will open Jan. 24 with the world premiere of director Esteban Sapir's "La Antena" (The Antenna).

The Argentine production also is among the entries for the festival's Tiger Award, for which the full list of competition titles is not yet complete.

" 'La Antena' is one of next season's most lovingly crafted and strikingly original films," festival director Sandra den Hamer said of her choice. "In addition, as an engaging statement against the power of mass media and its cult of recycling, it is the perfect opening-night film for the Rotterdam Film Festival (which) aims to support diversity and originality."

The festival describes "La Antena" as an enchanting allegory about the power of media and television. The story is set in a surrealistic, snow-covered city ruled by a character known as Mr. TV. Only La Voz, a female singer, has the strength to stand up to the dictator and save the city from his repressive reign.

Sapir made his directorial debut in 1996 with "Picado Fino" (Fine Powde), generally regarded as one of the first films of the so-called New Argentine Cinema. "La Antena," supported by the Hubert Bals Fund in its script and post-production stages, is his second feature film.
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