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    Argentine actress lauds value of Platino Prizes in an ever smaller world

    17 de julio de 2017

    By David Villafranca

    Los Angeles, Jul 17 (efe-epa).- In view of an audiovisual industry ever more connected globally through countless coproductions, an Argentine actress recently noted the value of the Platino Prizes as a meeting point for Ibero-American talent in a world getting smaller all the time.

    "I believe the Platinos are very important because they're a chance to meet up and exchange ideas with your opposite numbers from everywhere," actress Luisana Lopilato said. "And you feel the world is getting a little smaller."

    "Now everyone is coproducing. Argentina coproduces a lot with Spain and the United States. I think it's important to attend some of the more important awards galas where you can meet some of your counterparts you never thought you'd cross paths with," she said.

    Lopilato, who after gaining stardom in Argentina went on to act in the United States and Italy, said how "beautiful" it is to meet up with other actors during the Platino Prizes, with everybody talking about their work and ah, their dreams."

    The actress will take part in handing out the awards at the 4th Platino Prizes of Ibero-American Films, to be held this year in Madrid next July 22, hosted by Spanish humorist Carlso Latre and Uruguayan singer Natalia Oreiro.

    With seven nominations, the big favorite seems to be "Un Mostruo Viene a Verme" by Juan Antoio Bayona, ahead of the other movies with multiple nominations like "Neruda" by Pablo Larrain with five, and "Desde Alla," "El Ciudadano Ilustre," "El Hombre de las Mil Caras," "Julieta" and "La Delgada Linea Amarilla," each with four.

    "As an Argentine, I think we have really good films, very good stories and great actors," Lopilato said, but added that "it's good to break into a bigger market" and seek your fortune "beyond your national boundaries."

    Similarly, Lopilato said it's time to get rid of the complexes some people still have about Latin movies and look on the Hollywood industry as an equal: "There's no longer such a big distance between us. We have to move on because we have very talented people."

    The actress also talked about "Los que Aman, Odian," a film adapted from the like-named novel by Silvana Ocampo and Adolfo Bioy Casares, to premiere this year and in which she shares star billing with Guillermo Francella.

    As for the character she plays, Mari, the artist called her a heartbreaker of a femme fatale everywhere she goes, and who "lives life to the fullest."

    "She's a very well-traveled woman, she travels around Europe, translates books, knows many languages and is very well-spoken," the actress said about the leading role in this dark, claustrophobic film about an unexpected encounter of two people who sometime in the past had an unforgettable love affair.