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Traces and Memory of Jorge Prelorán (Huellas y Memoria de Jorge Prelorán)

Traces and Memory of Jorge Prelorán (Huellas y Memoria de Jorge Prelorán)
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by Fermín Rivera
color, 79 min, 2009
Spanish and English, with English subtitles




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Jorge Prelorán filmed a genre of his own, ethno-biographies, for more than twenty years. By focusing on one character and following him or her for a period of time, Prelorán achieved profound portraits that express the particular vision of the world of different people. Traces is an ethno-biography, but in this case the character is Prelorán himself, and the director a disciple of his.

The movie unravels the life of Jorge Prelorán, the way he did with his own characters. From a childhood signed by asthma problems, a high class family and a strict education to becoming a man who changed the cinema, creating a new genre.

Director Statement:
“Making this film was an excuse to be near Jorge. As he used to say "I don't choose the characters, they choose me." I also feel that, at some point, Jorge chose me. Getting to meet Jorge was a turning point; living with him, reuniting with a teacher who inspires and transmits his creativity fever. An entrenched humanist, who did not lose faith in the human condition.

This movie is the result of the friendship and the affection, the living together, the time and the learning from a master. I shot this movie for five years in six provinces of Argentina, and three countries. We accompanied Jorge through different places and with different characters, always working on his projects despite the illness he carried till the moment of his death.” — Fermín Rivera

“Two words come to my head when I think (of) Traces: respect and sensitivity. Fermín approached Jorge's life and thought with tremendous respect and a great dose of sensitivity.” — Mabel Prelorán

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Special Mention, 3th Tarapacá Film Festival, Chile, 2011
Special Mention, 13th Argentinian Film Festival La Sudestada, France, 2011
FIPRESCI Best Documentary Award, 29th Montevideo International Film Festival, Uruguay, 2011
Special Mention, Art Section, 5th Festival of Ibero American Films, Mexico, 2011
People's Choice Award, 4th Punta del Este Film Festival "Cine del Mar", Uruguay, 2011
26th International Film Festival of Guadalajara, Mexico, 2011
1st Film Festival of Concordia, Argentina, 2011
Special Award, 1st San Juan Documentary Film Festival, Argentina, 2010
Special Mention, 9th Tandil Film Festival, Argentina, 2010
Best Documentary Award, 5th La Plata Latin American Film Festival, Argentina, 2010
Best Documentary Award, 9th Images of Patagonia Film Festival, Argentina, 2010
Special Award, 5th Tucumán Film Festival, Argentina, 2010
Special Award, 12th Santiago de Cuba International Documentary Festival, Cuba, 2010
Best Documentary Award, 1st Cosquín International Film Festival, Argentina, 2010
SVA Ethnographic Film Festival, USA, 2012
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