Celina Murga – director, scriptwriter and producer – was born in 1973 in Paraná, Argentina. At the age of 17 she moved to Buenos Aires, subsequently studied at Universidad del Cine in a special practical track for independent cinema creators, and graduated in 1996. After several years of creating short films, Murga made her first long feature film “Ana and the Others” (2003). The film is a gentle, precise and sharp portrait of a young woman returning to her hometown. It won acclaim and was screened at important festivals such as Venice and Toronto, gleaning international awards as well. Her second film “A Week Alone” was premiered at the 2008 Venice Festival, and screened at important festivals such as Rotterdam, London and Saloniki. Her third film “The Third Side of the River” was produced by the important American director Martin Scorsese, who had taken her as his protégé. The film was screened as part of the official competition of the 2014 Berlin Festival.

Murga’s films are characterized by a highly realistic approach and esthetic minimalism, as she looks into the lives of the young people of Argentina, their problems and the experiences unique to them and their generation. In addition to her creative-artistic endeavors, Murga is a qualified teacher of cinema at the Centro de Investigación Cinematográfica, an important and prestigious school of cinema, television and theater located at the center of Buenos Aires.