The Third Side of the River
by Celina Murga
Seventeen-year-old Nicolas lives with his mother and younger siblings in a small provincial city. His estranged father, Jorge, a respected doctor, has decided that Nicolas will be his successor in both his medical practice and agricultural business. Nicolas is pressured by his father's steps to prepare him for this responsibility, leaving no room for the teenager's feelings. Nicolas obeys his father, but he hates him. He has seen his mother suffer because of Jorge's double life. The first one with his official family, and the other one with Nicolas' family, not acknowledged publicly. As tensions between father and son rise, Nicolas realizes that he must make a choice and take action toward his own future.
Born in Parana, Argentina in 1973. In 1991 she arrives to Buenos Aires where she studies photography and then film direction at Universidad del Cine. Between 1996 and 2004 she writes and directs several short films: Interior-Noche, Frio Afuera and Una tarde feliz (this last one in co-direction with Juan Villegas)
In 2003 she directs her first long-feature film "Ana y los Otros" (Ana and the Others), which was acclaimed in Argentina and in the rest of the world. In 2008, "Una Semana Solos" (A Week Alone), her second film, follows the same path being awarded several prices in internationally. Both of them were internationally premiered at Venice Film Festival.
In 2009 she is selected by the renowned American film producer and director Martin Scorsese to take part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, spending a year working and learning under the mentorship of Mr. Scorsese.
In 2012, she presented as World Premiere at the Forum of the Berlinale, her documentary "Escuela Normal" (Normal School), winning a Special Mention at the Caligari Award.
"La tercera orilla" (The Third Side of the River) is presented as World Premiere at the Official Competition of the Berlinale in 2014.
Celina Murga was invited as jury to important film festivals around the globe, like Munich, Friburgo and Valdivia. Since 2004 she teaches film direction in Centro de Investigacion Cinematografica, a film school in Buenos Aires.
2014 THE THIRD SIDE OF THE RIVER
2012 NORMAL SCHOOL
2008 A WEEK ALONE
2003 ANA AND THE OTHERS
Alián Devetac - Nicolás
Daniel Veronese - Jorge
Gaby Ferrero - Nilda
Irina Wetzel - Andrea
Tomás Omoacini - Esteban
Directed by Celina Murga
Written by Celina Murga, Gabriel Medina
Cinematography by Diego Poleri
Edited by Eliane Katz
Sound design by Federico Billordo, Andreas Ruft
Production design by Sebastián Roses
Costume design by Paola Delgado
Produced by Juan villegas, Celina Murga
Co-produced by Peter Rommel, Jan van der Zanden
Format: 35mm & DCP / Color / 1:1.85
Length: 92 min
Original language: Spanish
ORIGINAL TITLE: La Tercera Orilla