"El Premio" in Main Competition

El Premio. Photo by Wojciech Staroń

El Premio. Photo by Wojciech Staroń


One of the sixteen films screening in Main Competition at the upcoming 61st Berlin International Film Festival is a film made with a Polish minority co-production partner.

El Premio (The Prize) is the feature debut from Paula Markovitch, made as a co-production between Mexico, France, Poland, and Germany. Wojciech Staroń is El Premio‘s director of photography, while the Polish co-producer is Małgorzata Staroń (Staroń Film). The film was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.


Argentine-born Paula Markovitch is an acclaimed screenwriter. She wrote the script for Lake Tahoe (2008), which screened in Polish cinemas. Set in 1970s Argentina under junta rule, El Premio is a semi-autobiographical intimate story, based on the director’s personal experience.


The 61st Berlin International Film Festival will run from February 10 through February 20, 2011.


The official website of the festival: www.berlinale.de.


Translated by Karolina Kołtun