'The German Doctor' Sweeps Argentine Academy Awards

Lucia Puenzo’s film about Joseph Mengele wins 10 Sur Awards, including best director and best lead actor for Alex Brendemühl.

BUENOS AIRES – The German Doctor was the big winner at the Argentine Film Academy awards ceremony last night in Buenos Aires, where it picked up 10 Sur Awards including best film and best director for Lucia Puenzo.

Argentina’s bid for an Oscar nom in the Foreign Language Film category, The German Doctor also picked up best actor in a leading role for Alex Brendemühl, and 7 other statutes for best makeup, editing, art direction, costume design, breakthrough performance by an actress, supporting actor, and supporting actress for Elena Roger.

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Produced by Historias Cinematograficas, the film portrays a fictional story based on true events, about Nazi criminal Josef Mengele (played by Brendemuhl) and the time he spend in Argentina hiding after WWII. In the story adapted from Puenzo’s own novel, Mengele meets a local family in Southern Argentina and becomes obsessed with their young daughter, to whom he secretly delivers a genetic treatment.

Oscar winner’s Juan Jose Campanella’s Foosball, a 3D animated pic with the highest budget ever for a local production, picked 4 Sur awards, including best original score, sound design, cinematography, and adapted screenplay.

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Corazon de Leon, starring local comedian Guillermo Francella, won Best Actress in a Leading Role and Breakthrough Performance by a Male Actor.

Jose Luis Garcia’s The Girl From the South, about South Korean activist Lim Sukyung, won best documentary, while Daniel Gimelberg’s Before grabbed Best Opera Prima.

The original Argentine Film Academy of Motion Arts and Science was founded in 1941 during the country’s golden era of film production, and later banned by the dictatorship in 1955. It was re-founded in Buenos Aires in 2004, and is currently headed by Juan Jose Campanella.