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ALEJANDRO AGRESTI (Director) is best known in the U.S. for the poignant feature Valentin, the story of a young boy who dreams of becoming an astronaut while attempting to better the bewildering world around him. This internationally acclaimed feature earned Agresti the Silver Condor (Cóndor de Plata) by the Argentinean Film Critics Association for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, Best Film and Special Jury Award at the Mar del Plata Film Festival, the Golden Calf for Best Director at the Nederlands Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the Newport International Film Festival.

Agresti's many other cinematic triumphs include El Viento se llevó lo qué ("Wind with the Gone”), Un mundo menos peor ("A Less Bad Word”), El acto en cuestion ("The Act in Question”) and Buenos Aires Vice Versa.

El Viento se llevó lo qué tells the story of a Buenos Aires cab driver who goes to an isolated village where the only contact with the outside world is through movies. The film garnered the Golden Seashell at the San Sebastián Film Festival, a Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival, two awards at the Havana Film Festival and a Golden Tulip at the Istanbul International Film Festival.

Agresti has also received several awards for his look at the urban makeup of his birthplace in Buenos Aires Vice Versa, including Best Screenplay and Best Editing from the Argentinean Film Critics Association, the Special Jury Prize at the Havana Film Festival, and three awards from Argentina's Mar del Plata International Film Festival. His most recent release, Un mundo menos peor ("A Less Bad Word”) premiered at the 2004 Venice Film Festival and was awarded the "Award of the City of Rome” Best Film prize.

Born in 1961, Agresti made his directorial debut while still a teenager with 1978's El Zoológico y el cementerio, a short film he shot on weekends while working as a TV director in Buenos Aires. Longing to broaden his horizons, he immigrated to the Netherlands, where he exhibited El Hombre que ganó la razón at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam in 1986.

After establishing himself in the Netherlands, he continued his burgeoning career with such projects as Love is a Fat Woman which won the Special Jury Prize at the 1988 Nederlands Film Festival and the Best New Director award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, and Boda Secreta ("Secret Wedding”) which won the Golden Calf for Best Film award at the Nederlands Film Festival, among other international awards.

Other popular Agresti films include La Cruz ("The Cross”), the story about a film critic whose job loss precipitates a family crisis; the popular comedy A Night With Sabrina Love, the tale of a teenager who unexpectedly wins an evening with a famous porn star in a television contest; City Life, Luba, Figaro Stories, Everybody Wants to Help Ernest, A Lonely Race, Modern Crimes, and El Acto en cuestión ("The Act in Question”), which won more than a dozen international film awards.

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