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El Patio (Original title)

short fiction film by Milagros Mumenthaler 35mm, 2003, 15'20'', color, Dolby digital, VO spanish

with Agustina Merediz and Ailin Marmorato

Martina and Sofia are sisters. They wake up on an extremely hot day, have breakfast in the patio and spend the rest of the day there watching the telly. They are waiting rather impatiently for their mother, who lives abroad, to ring.


Best Short Award at BAFICI, Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival
Award Cacho Pallero, Huesca Film Festival

Special mention of the Jury,  Valencia CineJove Film Festival
Best screenplay, best actress,Tandil Film Festival
Best Creativity Award, Buenos Aires International Film School Festival
Dragon de bronze, Etiuda festival in Krakow
Best Short Film, University Film Festival of Rio de Janeiro
Prime à la qualité du DIP du Canton de Genéve.

Milagros Mumenthaler was born in Argentina in 1977. She left this country very early for Switzerland, where she grew up. She directed four short films, selected and awarded in many festivals. In 2011, she directed Abrir puertas y ventanas, her first feature film, which was selected at the Cinéfondation, a residence of the Cannes Film Festival and which received, among others, the Golden Leopard and the Leopard of the Best Actress at the Locarno Film Festival, as well as the Astor de Oro at the Mar del Plata Festival.His second film,"The idea of a lago" is presented in competition at the Locarno, Busan, San Sebastian and Rotterdam Festivals.


-Festival internacional de cine de Gijon, Espana
-Festival de cine independiente de Buenos Aires, Best short Prize
-Festival international de Oberhäusen, Germany
-London film festival, october 04
-New York film festival
-Short film festival of Tampere, Finlande

-European Short Film Festival, Stuttgart, Ludwigsburg, Germany
-International Film Festival, Stockholm
-Regensburger kurzfilmwoche
-Cinéma tout écran, Genève
-Genève fait son cinéma, Genève
-Festival Filmwinter, Stuttgart
-Festival de Soleure, Suisse
-Festival "Court toujours", Bron
-Festival de cine de Huesca, Espana, Cacho Pallero Prize,
-Festival Cinejove, Valencia, Espana. Special mention of the Jury,
-Best of short films festival, La Ciotat
-Muestra "Este corto si se ve", Mexico (travelling programm to various latino american festivals)
-International film festival of Vancouver, Canada
-International student festivals of fine arts, Balchik, Bulgaria
Stuttgart-Ludwigsburg, Stockholm, Regensburger kurzfilmwoche, Cinéma tout écran, Gijon,
Genève fait son cinéma, Festival Filmwinter, Stuttgart, Festival de Soleure, Festival Cinejove,
(Valencia) Best of short films festival, La Ciotat International film festival of Vancouver, International
student festivals of fine arts, Balchik, Bulgarie / Film festival of Medellin, Colombie / Short
film festival of Uppsala, Suède / Festival de Tandil, Argentine, / Jugenfilmtage Winterthur/ Festival
Interfilm, Berlin / Festival de Escuelas de cine, Buenos Aires, / L’Alternativa, Barcelone / Rio de
Janeiro short film festival / / Etiuda, Student film festival of Krakow, Pologne / Primer Panorama Latinoamericano de Cine Universitario, Sao Paolo / Viva! Festival de Cine Español de Manchester, Angleterre / Aarhus best of film festivals, Danemark

other broadcasts:

En avant-programme au Zinéma, à Lausanne et au Cine Malba de Buenos Aires / Cinéma Rialto,
Amsterdam/ Diffusion sur Telefe (TV argentine) / Programme “Este corto si se ve”.

Programme itinérant dans divers festivals latino-américains: Festival de Santa Cruz, Bolivie, Festival la Baranquilla,
Colombie, Festival Suenos cortos, Argentine...)

Production: Bordu films (Switzerland), Universidad del cine (Argentina)

Script and direction: Milagros Mumenthaler

Assistant director: Julian Catz
2nd assistant director: Andrea Urquiola

Cinematography: Martin Frias
Camera: Diego Echave
Assistant camera: Leandro Tamer
Art director: Paula Menendez, Laura Caligiuri
Electrician: Matias Carneiro
Electrician: Ariel, Alejo Salgado, Paulo Pecora,

Sound: Adriano Salgado
Gaffer: Mercedes Tenina
Sound editing an mix: Julian Catz

Editing: Christoph Behl
Conformation: Lino Palacio
Lab: Egli film & video, Zurich

With the support of Pro Helvetia

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