The Third Side of the River (La Tercera Orilla)

Nicolas, a 16-year-old boy, lives in the province of Entre Ríos. Nicolas’ father, a doctor, lives parallel lives. First, he has a marriage to a woman with whom he has a son. Second, he has a relationship with another woman who has born him four children. Only six blocks stand between the two houses, but Nicolas’ father does not allow the boy to walk those streets, and does not allow him to call him “dad” in public. The life of the women is a sotto voce secret. The whole town is aware of the situation and Nicolas takes it for granted. Yet, the tension of the situation must inevitably explode one way or another.

Director’s note
In the Argentine province of Entre Rios, there are many small towns far removed from both the popular tourist towns, and the centers of business and politics. I intend to portray the life of a boy who lives in one of these cities. His story has the common traits of alienation and hypocrisy to which many youngsters succumb. Nicolas sees the world of his parents and feels forced to reproduce it. The film takes place during the time in which he is beginning to realize that this is not what he wants for himself.

World Premiere
Berlin International Film Festival 2014, Competition

Key festivals and awards
Special Jury Award, Cartagena International Film Festival 2014
San Sebastian International Film Festival 2014
Best Screenplay, La Habana International Film Festival 2014
Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards 2015

Argentina, 2014
Director: Celina Murga
Producers: Tresmilmundos Cine (Argentina), Rommel Film (Germany), Waterland Film (The Netherlands)
Executive Producer: Martin Scorsese (USA)
German WCF partner: Rommel Film
World Sales: The Match Factory (Germany)

Funded in the WCF jury meeting in November 2011
Funding amount: 40.000 €