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500 Ratings

The Official Story

La historia oficial

Directed by Luis Puenzo
Argentina, 1985
Drama, History, War


Argentinean schoolteacher Alicia begins to suspect that her adopted daughter, Gaby, may be the child of a murdered political prisoner.

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The Official Story Directed by Luis Puenzo

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1985 | 2 wins including: Best Actress

Berlin International Film Festival

1986 | Winner: Interfilm Award - Otto Dibelius Film Award (Forum of New Cinema)

Academy Awards

1986 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

1986 | Nominee: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Toronto International Film Festival

1985 | Winner: People's Choice Award

Critics reviews

Puenzo is trying for a potent mix of emotive melodrama and gritty verisimilitude. He even has his semi-stunned heroine walk in front of an actual protest rally held by the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, a group of women whose children were disappeared by the military regime. Yet in context, the gesture feels shameless, doc-like window dressing in support of a fictional cipher’s slow-dawning enlightenment.
March 07, 2016
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