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MIRAMAX FILMS’ VALENTIN MAKES NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE AT OPENING NIGHT GALA 2003 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
5/5/2003

DIRECTOR ALEJANDRO AGRESTI TO ATTEND FESTIVAL

Seattle, WA (April 24, 2003) – Miramax Films’ Valentin will make its North American premiere at the Opening Night Gala of the 2003 Seattle International Film Festival to be held May 22- June 15, as announced by Festival Director Darryl Macdonald. Argentinian director Alejandro Agresti is scheduled to attend with the film.

The original and thought provoking film Valentin, is a funny, feel-good story directed by Alejandro Agresti. Rodrigo Noya stars along side five-time Goya Award nominee Carmen Maura in the delightful comedic tale of a young boy who longs for a family to call his own.

“We’re delighted to be opening this year’s festival with the premiere of such an accomplished film by an esteemed international director. Valentin combines delightful humor and transcendent human drama in equal parts and portrays in a brilliant way a theme that we’ve noted emerging repeatedly in the best films made this year: the longing for family and home. Valentin should by all rights experience the same kind of rapturous reception that attended the release of such personal films as My Life as a Dog and Amelie,” said Festival Director Darryl Macdonald.

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“I am tremendously excited that the Seattle International Film Festival has selected Valentin for Opening Night and look forward to attending what I’m sure will be a wonderful event,” said Director Alejandro Agresti.

Valentin is a coming of age story told through the eyes of a precocious 10-year old boy who lives with his grandmother in the turbulent 1969 Argentina. Estranged from his eccentric parents, young Valentin yearns for a real family and dreams about being an astronaut. He befriends a recluse neighbor, forms an unlikely friendship with one of this father’s many ex-girlfriends, and sets out to discover the harsh realities about his parents, and all the while brings joy and wisdom into the lives of the adults around him. . .

The Seattle International Film Festival is the largest festival in the US and has been cited by the New York Times, Variety, Film Comment, and USA Today as one of the top five festivals in North America. It is also one of only seven film festivals in North America chosen to qualify films for consideration in the Independent Spirit Awards, the Indie film world’s equivalent of the Oscars. Running a full 25 days and screening nearly 250 feature and short films from over 40 different countries, SIFF is considered one of the most influential festivals in the world. SIFF is produced by Cinema Seattle, a not-for-profit, membership based organization.

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