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Argentina: haven for independent films

This article was written by Julia Kumari Drapkin.

“At 72 years old, Rafael Filippelli says he likes to make the kind of films that young directors make — bold artistic films for his friends. “And since I don’t have many friends,” said the jovial Argentine director, “not many people like my films.”

He’s right. Filippelli’s “Secuestro y Muerte” (“Abduction and Death”) was the opening film at Argentina’s premier independent film festival this month. It didn’t get rave reviews. “Films with lots of success — it’s not my style,” the director said.”

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