Aída Bortnik, Screenwriter of “The Official Story” and other Award Winning Films, Dies at age 74

aida 2by Benjamín Harguindey, contributing blogger

Aída Bortnik (74) passed away on April 27th, 2013. Playwright, journalist and arguably one of Argentina’s most famous screenwriters, she penned the scripts for Oscar-nominated La tregua (The Truce, 1974) and La historia official (The Official Story, 1985) which was the first Argentine movie to win the Oscar for best foreign picture. She authored 14 movie screenplays overall, working throughout her life with renown filmmakers Sergion Renán¸ Juan José Stagnaro, Alejandro Doria and Luis Puenzo.

In the ‘80s she also dabbled in television, writing for shows Ruggero (1983) and co-creating Los gringos (1984). In the ‘90s she became a frequent collaborator of Marcelo Piñeyro, with whom she wrote cult films Tango feroz: la leyenda de Tanguito (Fierce Tango: The Legend of Tanguito, 1993), winning at San Sebastian Film Festival; Caballos salvajes (Wild Horses, 1995), winning both Jury and People’s Award at Sundance Film Festival; and Cenizas del paraíso (Ashes From Paradise, 1997), which earned the Goya Award and her fourth Silver Condor nomination.

She had more recently worked in the mini-series Vientos de agua (2006) with Juan José Campanella, with whom she was running screenwriting seminars.


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